Could it be a case of you get what you pay for? Two of the three types of free condoms offered by Planned Parenthood received poor ratings, according to rankings that appear in...
Could it be a case of you get what you pay for?
Two of the three types of free condoms offered by Planned Parenthood received poor ratings, according to rankings that appear in the February issue of Consumer Reports, which hits newsstands today.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you should expect condoms from Planned Parenthood to result in unplanned parenthoods. All three of the group’s branded condoms meet minimum safety standards, Consumer Reports said. It’s just that two scored lowest among 23 types in air-inflation tests that measured strength and reliability.
Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood since has redesigned its “Honeydew” condom, the magazine’s lowest-ranked brand with two “poor” ratings in strength and reliability. The group resubmitted all three brands for independent testing and received “excellent results,” said Karen Pearl, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.
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The group’s “Assorted Colors” brand was ranked next-to-last with a “poor” mark for strength but an “excellent” for reliability. The “Lollipop” received an overall “excellent” rating.
Pearl criticized the magazine for performing only air-inflation tests. But Geoffrey Martin, the magazine’s director of consumer sciences, said other tests aren’t as useful.
Top scores were given to condoms from makers Durex, LifeStyles, TheyFit and Trojan.