Although it may be embarrassing for some men to obtain an erectile dysfunction medication from a pharmacy, there are safe, discreet ways to obtain them online. Some online pharmacies are fake and may give you a substandard and potentially harmful product. Make sure the online pharmacy you choose is located and licensed in the United States, and that it requires a prescription from your healthcare provider.
Is There a Discreet Way to Obtain Erectile Dysfunction Medications?
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a common condition. A study performed in 2007 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health determined that ED occurred in 18 percent of men in the United States overall. They estimated that more than 18 million men in the United States were affected by ED. The condition was more common as men aged, in men who did not exercise regularly, and in men with heart disease and/or diabetes.
Although common, ED remains a sensitive subject. It may be difficult for men to discuss the condition with their partners. It may be even more difficult for men to discuss erectile dysfunction with their healthcare providers. After obtaining a prescription for an ED medication, filling the prescription can also be embarrassing.
Online pharmacies are an attractive option for men who are uncomfortable filling prescriptions for ED medications at their local pharmacy. While legitimate online pharmacies do exist, many are phony, and the risks associated with these fake pharmacies are real. This article will help you make an informed decision about obtaining ED medications discreetly.
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