Using condoms and protective gloves is a reliable way to protect yourself and your partners.
Because there are lots of different types of condoms, shop around the same way you would for clothes. Condoms can be textured, flavoured, thin, or thick (to help delay ejaculation). Try out a few different kinds to see which you like best.
A condom is a reliable method of protection. If condoms split or tear, this is usually because they haven’t been used properly or the packaging has been mishandled. Condoms should be stored at room temperature and shouldn’t be flattened which can cause perforation even if the package hasn’t been opened. Don’t keep condoms in your wallet, the glove compartment of your car, or near a heat source.
Before you use a condom, make sure to check the expiry date on the wrapper. Do not use a condom if the expiry date has passed. Be careful not to damage the condom when opening the wrapper. Pinch the tip of the condom so it doesn’t tear during ejaculation and unroll it down to the base of the erect penis. After ejaculation, withdraw the penis from your partner’s hole while holding the base of the condom so that no sperm leaks out.
There are two types of condoms: latex (the most common type) and polyurethane. Some people are allergic to latex or can start to develop an allergy. This can be recognized as an itching, burning, or painful sensation when the skin or mucous membrane comes into contact with the latex. If you are allergic to latex, use polyurethane condoms. They are available in pharmacies and specialty stores.
Be sure to use a lubricant that’s compatible with the type of condom you use:
- For latex condoms, always use water- or silicone-based lubes
- For polyurethane condoms, use oil-based lubes
Using a protective glove is recommended if you practice fisting or if you use your fingers to play with someone’s ass or stick your fingers in their hole.
As with condoms, latex gloves should be used with a water- or silicone-based lube. If you or your partner are allergic to latex or if you prefer oil-based lubes, use polyurethane gloves (available in pharmacies and specialized stores).
If you or your partner are allergic to latex, use polyurethane gloves for fisting or fingering.
You can buy condoms, lube, and gloves in pharmacies and sex shops across Quebec.
Kontak also offers safer sex supplies adapted to the way you like to play, and you can place an order from anywhere in Montreal.
In Montreal, there are three specialized boutiques in the Village:
- Wega, 930 Ste-Catherine East (Berri metro)
- Priape, 1311 Ste-Catherine East (Beaudry metro)
- Fétiche Armada, 1201 Ste-Catherine East (Beaudry metro)
For specialized medical supplies:
- Dufort & Lavigne ltée, 1227 Rachel East