The hair loss drug Propecia is known to come with some side effects but only one man is claiming to have turned him into a woman. Mandi, formerly known as William McKee, sat down for an interview with Anderson Cooper about her traumatizing experience.
Videos of two relevant segments from the interview are below.
Mandi got the attention of the national and international press earlier this year, after going public on her blog about her truly life-changing experience with the generic drug Propecia.
Back when her ordeal became, she was still William McKee, a happily married man looking for a solution to his hair loss.
William bought the drug off the Internet and, within months, was already feeling female feelings creep in, while also noticing definite changes in his body.
He tells Cooper that, while the drug was obtained without a prescription online, its ingredients are all approved by the FDA.
“I went into severe depression, and by the time I got to 2011, my marriage had ended, I was living alone,” Mandi says in the interview.
She denies that the pill just brought to light things that were already there but which were kept under wraps, insisting that, as a man, she was perfectly content with her life.
“I was having physical feminization symptoms in my body, breast growth, other symptoms like that, and emotionally I was having female type feelings as well. Every time I tried to accept what was happening to my body, what was happening inside my body, the anxiety would be uncontrollable,” Mandi explains.
Then, one day, Mandi decided it was high time she took control over her own life back into her hands.
“I said, ‘I'm going to pick myself up and move forward.’ I started going to counseling,” she says. She plans to go forward with the procedure and fully become a woman.
Cooper also invited a specialist on the show, neuroendocrinologist Alan Jacobs, who was asked for his professional take on Mandi’s extraordinary case.
Check out the videos below to see what he had to say.