Keeps – an unbiased review by the experts of men’s health startups, FinvsFin. Keeps says they will diagnosis, prescribe and deliver men’s health medicine – but do they deliver results? Read this Keeps Review to find out, or read our comparison of Hims, Roman and Keeps here to see how the major online providers of men’s hair loss products compare!
Is online health startup Keeps right for you?
Keeps is an online doctor and, pharmacy all wrapped into one, slick offering. From an online doctor’s visit – where you can find out if the hair loss medicines offered by Keeps are right for you, to a subscription delivery of the drugs you need to keep your hair, Keeps provides and end-to-end experience for men looking to stop going bald.
How to get a hair loss prescription from Keeps
Want to get a prescription from Keeps so you can… keep your hair? The process is easy – way easier that actually going in-person to your doctor. And they’ll ship the medicine right to your door, so you don’t have to deal with the pharmacy either.
My opinion of Keeps for hair loss is that they are one of the few quality players selling FDA approved medicines to treat male hair loss. And their prices are competitive (you can see a cost comparison here), but at a high level, their pricing is:
- Finasteride: $25 per month (30 count 1mg pills)
- Minoxidil: $10 per month (60 ml 5% solution)
One of their best features is that you can get a low cost, online doctor’s visit to see if prescription drug, Finasteride, is a good fit for treating your balding head. Here is more about what a visit with a Keeps doctor is like:
How to meet with a Doctor on Keeps
Here are the steps it takes to visit with an MD and see if you are eligible/a good fit for a finasteride prescription.
- Fill out your name and email – you’ll also see the pricing. In my case, Keeps is running what looks like promotional pricing of $30 for 3 months’ worth of 1 mg finasteride.
- Next, you need to fill out your birthdate and create an account (basically, create a password).
- They cut to the chase here – the next step is giving them your mailing address and credit card! I wasn’t expecting to fork over these details so quickly. (Roman waited until closer to end of the process to get the credit card.)
- Here is what the site says about the process, to help you feel comfortable providing your payment information so early in the process:
What’s ahead: After checkout, you’ll complete a short online quiz to help your doctor confirm that the plan you’ve selected is right for you. This initial consult is free, and we need it to ship your order.
- After you push “submit order” you are going to need to provide you mailing address and answer a series of online health questions.
- The online health questions are basically an online doctor’s appointment.
- You’ll have to answer questions on your health, your hair loss, etc. None of the questions are too complicated, but since you are ordering a medicine it’s important to answer them correctly.
- Finally, once the form filling is complete, a licensed physician will review your questionnaire, and hopefully, approve you for the medicine.
- Keeps will ship your hair loss drugs quickly – and in 3 month supplies. This means that you’ll get your next order shipped in “75 days” according to the website – so you have two and a half months to evaluate the product, and cancel your Keeps subscription if you don’t like it.
What medicines are they going to recommend?
Keeps offers two, FDA approved medicines to treat male pattern baldness – Finasteride and Minoxidil. Both of these medicines have been used by a LOT of men, and the effects on your hair line – and the side effects – are well understood. Here is more on the two drugs that are offered. The Keeps doctor will likely recommend one or a combo of these medicines. And I personally use both of these drugs together to try to keep my hair. So far, no side effects and my wife says that my hair is looking thicker (I think it’s helping!).
- Finasteride – the non-generic, name-brand of this drug is Propecia®. It’s an FDA approved drug for treating male pattern baldness. Finasteride has been really studied and studied – there are tons of clinical trials showing that it works, and that it has very few side effects. We go into depth into it’s side effects and the studies here if you want to read up on it.
- Minoxidil – the non-generic, name-brand for this drug is Rogaine®. It’s also been FDA approved for treating hair loss for a while. The main side effect is dry scalp (which happens to me sometimes).
About Keeps, the men's healthcare startup
Keeps is an early stage startup that is using a combination of telemedicine and low-cost, generic medicine to help improve men’s health. The company is backed by a number of well known venture capitalists, including Maveron, First Round and Greycroft. They’ve raised almost $23 million in venture capital funding, and are based in the New York City area. Keeps is one of several startups focused on delivering quality men’s health online.
So do we recommend Keeps?
So Keeps is one of a few new men’s health providers that we really like. They have the same, FDA approved medicines that you’d get from your primary care physician, plus low prices, plus they can diagnose and prescribe and deliver meds to you without you having to leave your couch! We recommend you try Keeps or one of the other startups in the space that we really like, Roman.