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Should You Buy Viagra With PayPal?

Most people are concerned about maintaining confidentiality when they make online purchases, and that’s particularly true when it comes to buying Viagra and other lifestyle medications. Men can struggle with shame and embarrassment over erectile dysfunction, and buying online can help address that. The main question, though, is whether your payments stay private.

Some online sellers of Viagra accept PayPal as a payment method, and if you’re familiar with PayPal and comfortable using it, it’s an excellent option for buying Viagra and other lifestyle medications online.

But if you’d like to know all your options, here’s a look at the pros and cons of different methods of paying for Viagra.

Yes, Virginia, You Can Buy Viagra With PayPal

After eBay became the online juggernaut that it is today, many online merchants started accepting PayPal as a payment method, and millions of ordinary people set up PayPal accounts for sending and receiving money. People who purchase items on eBay like PayPal for its top-notch customer service, yet not all merchants may offer it as an option.

PayPal is fast and convenient, and when you pay with a credit card, it offers an extra layer of security and customer service on top of your financial institution. It also generally only puts whatever data the merchant provides in their PayPal account on your credit statement, so you won’t open an envelope and see VIAGRA slapped on your statement.

Finally, there are fewer financial hoops to jump through for service members, civil servants working overseas, and other groups that may need to buy from an American pharmacy and have their prescription mailed to them.

While buyers can feel fairly confident using PayPal as a payment method when shopping online, they may want to avoid it for certain transactions due to potential exposure of private information. For example, your PayPal account is accessed with your email address and a password, and if you’re not using strong passwords, your account could be breached.

Coupled with the lack of anonymity of a PayPal account, it wouldn’t be that hard for someone with access to your PayPal account to determine exactly where you shopped and what you bought. There’s also a small merchant fee you’ll need to pay, depending on the vendor.

Paying For Viagra With Venmo, Stripe, And Other Online Payment Platforms

In the last few years, apps that allow user-to-user payments, like Venmo (which is owned by PayPal), Stripe, and Cashapp, have become part of everyday life, to the point where businesses use them to issue paychecks and landlords use them to take rent payments. The main advantage is you can connect them to credit cards instead of a bank account, adding an extra layer of security to your transaction. They also work internationally, making it easier to buy online.

The main issue is a question of privacy. Part of the appeal of Venmo, for some users, is that transactions go on a social media-like feed, and generally you’ll at least need to provide an active email or social media account to log into these apps. While you can technically make transactions “private,” those transactions will still be visible in your personal feed and the personal feed of the other person. You also have to comment on your transaction in Venmo, although you don’t have to say what you’re actually buying.

Generally these apps charge a percentage on top of the cash you send, which ranges from 1% to 3%. Considering that generic medication, in particular, is seeing a rise in price, that may not be palatable. The customer service also isn’t as robust; if a user vanishes from the app, you may be able to get your money refunded, but that’s about it.

Buying Viagra with Credit Cards

Paying with an ordinary credit card may or may not be more private and discreet than paying with PayPal. If you share a credit card with your spouse, they’re going to see the transaction on your statement.

However, credit cards do offer purchase protection against fraud that makes them a top choice for online shopping for millions of people. And using a card directly means you won’t pay the merchant fees charged by apps.

Buying Viagra With A Prepaid Visa Gift Card

Another discreet way to pay for online purchases is to use a prepaid Visa gift card, or similar gift card service offered by Mastercard or American Express. These can be used anywhere that accepts the payment processor’s credit cards. These cards are loaded one time with a set amount of money. They can be used for multiple purchases as long as there is a balance left on the card, but you don’t get a statement in the mail the way you would with a bank debit card or credit card. With these cards, additional funds cannot be added later. This makes them convenient and private for one-time purchases. They’re not entirely anonymous, however, because you do have to register your card in order to use it to shop online.

Buying Viagra with a Money Order

Some online facilitators that sell ED drugs like Viagra accept money orders, which can be purchased at any Post Office with cash. However, the money order will need to be processed before the product ships, so there may be a slower turnaround than you want.

Finding Security Online

eDrugstore has been on the cutting edge of telemedicine for years. We keep your personal information secure, and don’t sell or otherwise distribute your personal information. We encourage all our customers to review our full privacy policy, and we’re happy to answer any questions.

In addition to our online privacy policy, we are in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under this U.S. law, national standards were established for electronic health care transactions, as well as national identifiers for health care providers. HIPAA directly addresses the individual’s need for security and privacy of health information.

Make sure that any site you purchase pharmaceuticals from uses Transport Layer Security, or TLS, technology on all areas of the site where you’re required to provide personal information. This ensures that your personal information is encrypted so that anyone who managed to intercept any of your data can’t use it.

If you want to preserve your privacy to the greatest extent possible when shopping online for ED drugs, PayPal may not be the ideal payment method. Your anonymity will be better preserved if you choose other methods of payment, and if you make sure that you only shop from sites that explicitly state that they won’t share or sell your personal information. U.S.-based sites that comply with HIPAA regulations add another layer of privacy, and sites that use TLS technology make sure that any personal information transmitted is protected by encryption.

We at eDrugstore know that erectile dysfunction can be a complex personal issue, so we’ve developed a safe, secure website and payment process that respects your privacy while getting you the best price. To learn more about how we work, and what lifestyle medication we offer, visit our Erectile Dysfunction page!

Dan is a long-time freelance writer focusing on technology, science, health, and medicine, with a lifelong interest in physics, biology, and medicine. His work has taken a particular focus on scientific studies "beyond the headlines," reading the study to more closely examine the results.