According to Huffington Post
, Mandi McKee is claiming that a generic type of the baldness drug changed her from a man to a woman. The 38 year old software engineer states, that whilst taking medication to treat baldness he became a woman.
Formerly known as William McKee, his new name is Mandi McKee. McKee was put on a generic version of Propecia (finesteride) back in October 2008. The medication was used to fight male pattern baldness. McKee was a happily married man and was full of energy, focused and sporty.
McKee was taking the drug for nine months, at which point she developed a lot of side effects and her mental alertness deteriorated. She lost her job as a result and her life spiraled out of control.
The physical transformation was startling. Mckee wrote on her website, that her rock hard chest became softer and started turning into breasts, her shoulders developed into a more feminine position and her hips became looser and wider, like a woman's body. Furthermore, the medication hardly changed Mckee's baldness.
McKee's brain fog and physical changes made her fall into a deep, depression. She felt as though she was turning into someone else. Work was completely out of the question because McKee could not concentrate on anything. McKee quickly fell into debt and felt like life was not worth living. Although, transgenderism is not connected to sexual identity, she was becoming more attracted to men rather than females. The final straw came, when she separated from her wife. They had been married for 10 years in May 2010.
In December 2011, McKee started attending counseling for transgendered therapy. Now she writes that she is early on her path to transition as a woman, full time. McKee does not view her transformation as a choice, but as something enforced on her by the medication given to treat her baldness. On her website, she writes that
"The old me was killed, by the drug company Merck."
McKee is not the only one with experiences of Propecia. There was a study published early this month in the Journal of Sexual Medication that discovered some men taking the drug, experienced side effects that lasted for years after the individual had stopped taking the medication.
Lawsuits have been filed in 27 states against Merck, on the basis that Propecia has changed their sexuality. Courts do not allow lawsuits for individuals who have taken the generic version of the drug, so McKee cannot take any legal action. However, McKee is planning on suing Merck for $1 billion.
reports, McKee is a father of one who started cross dressing when he developed breasts. The hair growth drug did not work and he regrets ever taking them. He was a very successful, Silicon Valley entrepreneur who had no desire to be a cross dresser before taking Propecia.
The required dose of the pills, were one a day for nine months, after which the hair should have grown back. However, something stranger took place and he is now considering a complete sex change operation. The baldness was hereditary, but the baldness was minimal. On the other-hand, the feminine changes were drastic.
McKee has a five year old son who he loves dearly. He now wears a blond wig, makeup and tight dresses. It was due to his cross dressing that ended his ten year marriage. For nine months, McKee claims he took one of the two most popular drugs that doctors prescribe for men that want to become a woman. This drug is known as finasteride. a lot of McKee's transgender friends, are still taking this medication today. The effects are irreversible in some men.
McKee was so desperate and low that he considered suicide. Propecia inhibits the conversion of testosterone according to, New York Post
. Consequently, estrogen is increased. Millions of individuals have used it since the 1990s. However, sexual problems have been found in men who have taken it, like, impotence, loss of libido, genital shrinking and brain fog.
A spokesman on behalf of Merck said,
“No causal relationship has been established between Propecia and persistent sexual side effects.”
Baldness ran in McKee's family and his own hairline started to recede in his early 20s which is why he first decided to buy some Propecia. McKee decided to try Propecia after seeing the adverts for years. Initially he ordered a supply in 2008 from an Internet pharmacy in India. The price he paid was $99.50, that included shipping costs. However, inevitably he was to pay a much bigger price, in the long run. McKee now vents her feelings using a blog to tell people about the devastating effects of using Propecia.