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  • Compulsive sex

    Compulsive sex is a term that refers to frequent or constant sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviours that get in the way of day-to-day life. ‘Sex addiction’ is another term that is sometimes also used.

  • Condoms

    Condoms include both external condoms (also called “male” condoms) and internal condoms (also called “female” condoms). When used properly, they can prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. Condoms can be bought at most drug stores, corner stores and grocery stores. Health clinics, youth clinics, and sexual health clinics often have free external condoms available to the public.

  • Dental dams and other barriers

    Dental dams and medical gloves are a good way to lower the chance of getting or passing STIs and other infections. These are available in pharmacies, medical supply stores, sex shops and sexual health clinics. Supplies can also be ordered online.

  • Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI)

    Disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI) is a complication that can happen when gonorrhea is not treated. It is sometimes called the "arthritis-dermatitis syndrome", because when the bacteria spread to other parts of the body it can cause joint pain and/or skin lesions.

  • Douching

    Douching comes from the French work ‘douche’ which means ‘to wash’. Douching means to clean a body cavity like a vagina or rectum with water. People may choose to douche for a variety of reasons, including medical or hygienic reasons.

  • Emergency contraception

    Emergency contraception (ECP) is used to prevent pregnancy after sex when you didn't use protection or are worried that your birth control didn't work. It is sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’.

  • Epididymitis

    Epididymitis is an inflammation of the tube that joins the testicle with the vas deferens in people with penises. This happens most often in people under age 35, and is usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection. If people over the age of 35 get epididymitis, it is not usually caused by an STI. Less than 1% of people of penises with an STI will get epididymitis.

  • Fisting

    Fisting (fist-fucking, handballing) involves penetrating the vagina/internal genitals or anus with the entire hand.

  • Flavoured condoms

    Flavoured external (or male) condoms are colorful latex condoms that come in a variety of flavours. They are popular for oral sex because some people do not like the taste of regular condoms.

  • Fluid bond

    In some monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, partners may feel comfortable and safe enough with each other that they decide to have unprotected sex. This agreement can be called a fluid bond because these partners now exchange body fluids.

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