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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the condoms sold individually and not available in boxes like they are found in pharmacies?

In order to maintain the affordable prices and variety of selection in the Shag Shop, we must purchase condoms in bulk from our suppliers. Be assured, our condoms come in sealed packages and are sold in a similar method at other sexual health boutiques.

Why are condoms not available for free from the Shag Shop?

We always have some condoms for free at the Shop.   You can stop by the Shop to see what have available.  In order to offer a wider variety of condoms, and recover our shipping costs and other minor expenses, we sell condoms at cost. We are a non-profit store and we aim to offer selection and quality to the McGill community.

Why do you sell different brands of condoms? Is one brand different from another?

We sell different brands in order to give you the best selection. No brand of condom is superior to another. We encourage you to speak with our staff or conduct your own research on the condom brands. There is some variation in regard to textures, sizing, lubrication and thickness of latex. We encourage you to try different brands and styles to find out which one is best for you! To check out our selection, click here.

Are ultra-thin condoms less safe than other condoms?

No. Ultra-thin condoms provide the same protection as regular latex condoms. Some individuals prefer the sensitivity an ultra-thin condom provides; however rest assured, they provide the same level of protection as regular latex condoms.

What are the specialty condoms?

These condoms are specialty because they may be non-latex or are slightly more expensive. To check out our selection, click here.

What is the difference between water based lubricant and silicone based lubricant? Is silicone safe with latex condoms?

The choice between a water based lube or a silicon based lubricant is a personal choice. Both types of lubricants can be used with latex and polyurethane condoms. When using toys a water based lubricant should be used. If the toy is made of silicone, the silicone based lubricant will break down the material. Water based lubricants will dry quicker than a silicone based lubricant and usually more lube is required if you are using a water based lubricant. If you and your partner are being intimate in a water setting such as a shower or bathtub, a silicone based lubricant will last longer and provide more glide than water based lubricant. Both rinse off easily with soap and water.

How do I volunteer at the Shag Shop?

Everyone who works at the Shag Shop is part of the Health Promotion staff.  If you are interested in volunteering to promote sexual health on campus, click here to find out more.

Do you offer free products or condoms on campus for special events? How does sponsorship work?

Yes. The Shag Shop supports and encourages student events on campus and we will donate condoms to all causes. Please submit a letter to the Health Promotion Officer at the Shag Shop (or send an email to health [dot] promotion [at] mcgill [dot] ca) and we will sponsor your event with complimentary condoms.