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#1 Hum

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:37

For nine months, William McKee took the generic version of Propecia, the pills that promise to halt hair loss.

But the drug had radical side effects: Instead of becoming a better-looking man, he started becoming a woman, he claims.

“My rock-hard chest from the gym began to soften . . . reaching the point where I had noticeable ‘breasts’ even under my clothing,” he says.

Among other changes, the 38-year-old software engineer claims, “my shoulders were literally falling into a more feminine position, and my hips were loosening and becoming wider, as on a woman’s body.”’

McKee, who says he wasn’t inclined to cross-dress before, began feeling like a woman. He is now only attracted to men.

After overcoming depression and separating from his wife of 10 years, McKee goes by “Mandi.” He wears a blond wig, makeup and tight dresses. He plans to get a breast-enhancement job this year, and may undergo sex-change surgery.

“It felt like the ‘me’ that I’ve always known was not there any more,” he told The Post.

Propecia inhibits the conversion of testosterone, resulting in increased estrogen. Millions have used it since the 1990s, but it has been linked to sexual problems such as impotence, loss of libido and “genital shrinkage” as well as cognitive impairment, or “brain fog,” which McKee believes he also suffered.

Lawsuits filed in 27 states by men who say the wonder drug screwed up their sexuality have been centralized in Brooklyn federal court.

A spokesman for Merck, the drug’s maker, said, “No causal relationship has been established between Propecia and persistent sexual side effects.”

McKee, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the father of a 5-year-old son, said he used to be “driven and athletic.” Baldness runs in his family; his hairline began to recede in his 20s.

After seeing Propecia ads for years, he ordered a supply in 2008 from an online pharmacy based in India.

He paid $99.50, including shipping, for pills of the generic finasteride.

He popped one pill a day for nine months. His hair growth was “minimal, if any,” he said, but the feminizing effects were “pronounced.”

“People were kidding me about my breasts,” he said.

His work suffered, too, he said. His last business, Tampa Bay Interactive, went bust in late 2010.

But McKee can’t join the mass lawsuit because the courts bar those who took the generic versions.

In frustration, “Mandi McKee” launched a blog to vent about her life.

Brooklyn attorney Marc Grossman, whose firm represents more than 300 former Propecia users, said many had breast growth.

He also said animal studies on Propecia showed an increased propensity for homosexuality.

Grossman estimates that more than 1,500 Propecia users will come forward but added, “Many men are embarrassed to reveal their problems to anyone, including their doctors, so thousands more will go on living with the condition in private.”

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:40

No they didn't. This man was clearly transgender and doesn't want to admit it. The testosterone limiting possibly pushed him towards it, but its not possible to just change everything like this

#3 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:40

heard about that on the radio this morning on the way in to work.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:41

After overcoming depression and separating from his wife of 10 years, McKee goes by “Mandi.” He wears a blond wig, makeup and tight dresses. He plans to get a breast-enhancement job this year, and may undergo sex-change surgery.

And blames the pills...?

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:42

He got it from an online pharmacy based in India, seriously c'mon who knows what he really took. Probably it's his true repressed feelings coming out.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:47

Now I know why these breasts have been growing ...

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:48

If only people could just stop trying to defy nature and live with it. Bald can be just as attractive, especially if he had a "rock hard" chest.

Advice: Just go out there and rock what you got. And certainly don't buy pills from shady online pharmacies...

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 14:50

Propecia inhibits the conversion of testosterone, resulting in increased estrogen. Millions have used it since the 1990s, but it has been linked to sexual problems such as impotence, loss of libido and “genital shrinkage” as well as cognitive impairment, or “brain fog,” which McKee believes he also suffered.


I will GLADLY embrace baldness before I take a pill that causes "impotence, loss of libido and “genital shrinkage”"...

Shaving your head seems like a much better option!

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 15:13

Sounds like he was transgender the whole time and the pills are just an excuse.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 15:19

If only people could just stop trying to defy nature and live with it. Bald can be just as attractive ...


I can't agree with you that it's 'natural' -- or attractive. :laugh:

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 15:20

I can't agree with you that it's 'natural' -- or attractive. :laugh:

Of course it's natural. Men have always gone bald as they get older.

As to attractive... I have two words for you. Vin Diesel. ;)

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 15:23

I started taking vitamin e pills and now i have an urge to have sex with men.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 15:42

Of course it's natural. Men have always gone bald as they get older.


Many women lose hair too.

Many men get cancer -- doesn't make it 'natural'. ;)

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:58

Of course it's natural. Men have always gone bald as they get older.

As to attractive... I have two words for you. Vin Diesel. ;)


Going bald is not a normal part of aging medically speaking.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:19

Software engineer... lol, the guy should have just emptied the junk folder instead of going through all the mails.