Wonko the Sane (fuzzypython) wrote in uw,
Wonko the Sane

planned parenthood condoms

Q: I read an article in Consumer Reports about condoms, and Planned Parenthood condoms got mixed reviews. Why?

Consumer Reports tested three types of Planned Parenthood condoms by filling them with pressurized air for an article comparing 23 different condoms. The same tests and standards, however, were used to judge condoms that differed widely in size, thickness, and lubrication. Widely different results from air-burst, not real-life, testing were inevitable.

In fact, two of the Planned Parenthood condoms that got very different scores are only packaged differently — they are, in fact, made with exactly the same formula. One scored "excellent." The other, exactly the same formulation, only scored "fair." While the third product scored a comparative "poor," all the condoms tested, including the three styles of Planned Parenthood condoms, were shown to be acceptable within industry standards.

Our condoms are quality condoms that have consistently met or exceeded industry standards when tested by the manufacturer, the FDA, or independent testing laboratories. The Consumer Reports article prompted us to arrange further independent tests of the same lots of condoms that Consumer Reports tested. In fact, we went further than Consumer Reports and tested every one of our Planned Parenthood condom styles. We are proud to say that our condoms passed these stringent tests with flying colors.

We do want to thank Consumer Reports for including us in this article and for recognizing, in a companion article, our role as a trusted provider of services and information for sexual and reproductive health care.
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