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Consumer Reports condom ratings are not reliable
IRLC news line ^ | January 14, 2005 | William Beckman

Posted on 01/18/2005 11:08:20 AM PST by IRLC

If you were told about a product that would fail 15% of the time over one year, would you consider that product reliable? I suspect not. If you were told that a new car’s engine or transmission had a 100% failure rate over a five-year period, would you find that performance acceptable? I am certain that you would not.

The February 2005 issue of Consumer Reports does not rate automobiles, but they do rate condoms. Consumer Reports gives seven condom products excellent ratings on its test results with overall ratings of very good. They rate the vast majority of condoms tested as very good overall. However, their comparative guide to contraceptives included with these ratings shows that in “typical” use, the male condom fails 15 times per 100 users per year. Statistically, this becomes a 100% failure rate in less than five years.

What does “typical use” mean? For condoms, it is contrasted with a failure rate of only 2 per 100 “if used perfectly”. For a Depo-Provera injection, the failure rate is 3 per 100 in typical use, and for the birth control pill, the failure rate is 8 per 100 in typical use. These statistics seem to confirm that “typical use” must mean normal usage by average people.

Condoms are claimed to be important to prevent teen pregnancy. Can teenagers be considered typical users? That seems unlikely. If failure rates go even higher for less typical users, this means that a teenage girl who relies on condoms for protection has a 100% chance of getting pregnant at least once during 4 years of high school. Does that sound like safe sex?

No wonder Consumer Reports also provides information on abortion options. Clearly, people who rely on their ratings in choosing contraceptives will need abortions somewhere along the way. Consumer Reports claims a “typical” abortion is at least 12 times safer than childbirth. In fact, when a truly scientific study was done to compare the risks of abortion and childbirth, abortion was found to be at least four times more dangerous than childbirth (http://www.afterabortion.org/PAR/V8/n2/finland.html).

Of course, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has a higher failure rate than pregnancy. Some STDs can be transmitted even when a condom is used “perfectly”. How long will it take for teenagers to acquire one or more STDs? You know the answer. That is why STD rates have reached epidemic proportions, except among teens who practice abstinence.

Consumer Reports claims to be unbiased in their ratings. However, the biographical information available on James Guest, the CEO of Consumers Union, which publishes the magazine, shows that he previously headed Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Given the disconnect between condom "ratings" and results in typical use, the virtual endorsement of abortion as the birth control choice of last resort, and the inaccurate information that minimizes the health risks of contraceptives, it appears that the Planned Parenthood party line was very effectively conveyed in this Consumer Reports article. It seems safe to conclude that Consumers Union is not unbiased when it comes to condoms and other birth control methods.

This bias is further confirmed by the failure to accurately report on natural family planning by calling it "rhythm" and using the outdated reliability statistics from rhythm. You might want to express your concern to Consumer Reports about their misleading coverage of condoms and birth control, or even cancel your subscription in response to their bias.

Ironically, two out of three condoms distributed by Planned Parenthood received poor ratings with recommendations that they be avoided. Here is another deviation from typical use toward a higher failure rate. Who are the most likely users of Planned Parenthood condoms? With names like lollipop, honeydew, and assorted colors, who else, but teenagers? No wonder Planned Parenthood continues to commit more abortions each year, remaining unchallenged as the largest abortion provider in the nation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; condom; condomrating; consumerreports; contraceptive; obamacare; plannedparenthood; safesex; stds; zerocare

1 posted on 01/18/2005 11:08:24 AM PST by IRLC
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To: IRLC

Yeah.... things just haven't been the same over there since I stopped product-testing for them.

-Dan

2 posted on 01/18/2005 11:11:23 AM PST by Flux Capacitor (HOWARD THE DUCK in 2008)
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To: IRLC

And the mechanism used to determine their reliability?


3 posted on 01/18/2005 11:11:32 AM PST by NRA1995 ("Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan & Ah think yer gonna fin'lly understand")
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To: NRA1995

Probably stretched over the front end of a Honda Civic.


4 posted on 01/18/2005 11:12:52 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: IRLC

"My boys can swim!"


5 posted on 01/18/2005 11:14:11 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: IRLC

If I'm not mistaken, CR "tests" a condom by filling it with air to a specified PSI. If it breaks, it failed.

I'm no expert but, it seems to me that's just a test of whether a particular condom is suited to serve as a balloon.


6 posted on 01/18/2005 11:14:40 AM PST by newgeezer (When encryption is outlawed, rwei qtjske ud alsx zkjwejruc.)
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To: IRLC

Welcome to Free Republic! Thanks for posting this.


7 posted on 01/18/2005 11:15:11 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: IRLC; angkor; Larry Lucido; MotleyGirl70
Kramer: Yes. You see? Isn't that better than fighting? Animosity? I mean,you wanna fight with somebody, you fight with me. Oh, by the way George, you know those condoms I gave you? They're defective, don't use them.

George: What?

Kramer: Right.

George: Defective?!

Kramer: Defective.

George (attacking Kramer): How could you give me a defective condom?!

Kramer: I didn't even know they were defective.

Jerry gets between them to break up the fight.

Kramer: Didn't even think you were gonna use them.

George: What do you mean you didn't think I wasn't gonna use them?!

Jerry: Take it easy, you guys, just spread out! Don't worry about it, if
anything was wrong she would have called you already!
8 posted on 01/18/2005 11:15:24 AM PST by Cagey
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To: IRLC

Rubbers...like showering with your socks on...Glad I don't have to put up with those anymore...the wife is too, latex allergy...

MD


9 posted on 01/18/2005 11:18:12 AM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: newgeezer
CR "tests" a condom by filling it with air

LOL! That test is not exactly User Acceptance Testing.

10 posted on 01/18/2005 11:19:54 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: IRLC
The core of liberalism seems to be sex with no strings attached. Having wild sex with anything with two legs? Sure, just use a condom. Condom fails and get AIDS? Well government should spend lots of money on a cure and paying for drugs. Condom fails and get pregnant? Have an abortion, which government should also pay for. Condom fails and get HPV, which causes cervical cancer? Well, evern woman should get a yearly pap smear to see if she has it.

Nowhere does the thought "Gee, maybe you should only have sex with a single partner that you are married to when you are ready to have children." ever enter into their minds, despite the fact that it would unravel the whole problem.

11 posted on 01/18/2005 11:20:53 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: IRLC
Do these stats include side impact as well? How about with use of a seat belt and/or airbag?
12 posted on 01/18/2005 11:21:51 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: IRLC

If a Condom fails send the serial number of it back to the manufacturer for warranty replacement.

If you havent seen the serial number on a condom its probably because you dont have to roll it back far enough for it to show.


13 posted on 01/18/2005 11:23:25 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Question_Assumptions



People don't realize that the purpose of sex is to make babies.


14 posted on 01/18/2005 11:26:24 AM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: IRLC
No wonder Consumer Reports also provides information on abortion options. Clearly, people who rely on their ratings in choosing contraceptives will need abortions somewhere along the way. Consumer Reports claims a “typical” abortion is at least 12 times safer than childbirth.

Maybe for the mother....

15 posted on 01/18/2005 11:29:47 AM PST by mwyounce
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Nope. Ford Taurus.


16 posted on 01/18/2005 11:32:31 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Probably stretched over the front end of a Honda Civic.

Sounds like that's where the rubber meets the road.

17 posted on 01/18/2005 11:32:57 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
People don't realize that the purpose of sex is to make babies

That's all? So if you only want one kid, you only get to boink one time?

You got kids?

18 posted on 01/18/2005 11:34:01 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Semper Paratus
And to think, kids used to use rubbers as gross-out water balloons.

IIRC, the product literature in the old days suggested they were tested by being filled with water.....

19 posted on 01/18/2005 11:36:21 AM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: sgtbono2002

The serial number on this one here is

fdhidsafnhvienpypifnbpd7we8r7457489ufdiovhifdaofynr8efny85yu9q5jfvw7t857t93q=wgr8859n578t43q74t5898mnt9589q838r943798v5y92=89478t957y90428y=58y8y2=81719u9yu529768y578=t859y=792=795=t8m59y8m69y859t=1873=58628y258958yt95=u89=62t094c8f9r89687y63=ym


20 posted on 01/18/2005 11:37:08 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: LauraleeBraswell
People don't realize that the purpose of sex is to make babies.

If that were true, then women would not need to get sexual pleasure except when they were fertile.

But, you say, continual sexual pleasure in women keeps males happy and makes them more likely to stick around. This may be true, but then the purpose of sex has something more to do than making babies.
21 posted on 01/18/2005 11:44:32 AM PST by BikerNYC
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To: sgtbono2002

Nope, it's not a serial. Mine all say 30cm near the open end and if that was a serial, every number would be different.


22 posted on 01/18/2005 11:45:00 AM PST by DBrow
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Amazing how many letters they can fit along a two inch area these days, huh?


23 posted on 01/18/2005 11:46:22 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Should have added the smiley face. :-)


24 posted on 01/18/2005 11:47:03 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Tiny font!


25 posted on 01/18/2005 11:47:20 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Cagey; Larry Lucido
Kramer: .....By the way, when you see George give him these, these'll work.

Elaine: I knew those condoms were defective!

Jerry: How did you know they were defective?!

George walks in.

Elaine: Because! Because she missed her period!

George: She missed her period? Oh my god. I can't believe it! I'm a father! I did it! My boys can swim! I can do it! I can do it!

26 posted on 01/18/2005 11:57:32 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: IRLC

'...the male condom fails 15 times per 100 users per year. Statistically, this becomes a 100% failure rate in less than five years."

Yes, but the failure rate is better than Microsoft's Windows OS."


27 posted on 01/18/2005 11:59:39 AM PST by RicocheT
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

LOL! Well Done Sir


28 posted on 01/18/2005 12:10:11 PM PST by cmsgop (Michael Jackson (No Child Left Behind) in Stores Soon..........)
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To: MotleyGirl70

As happens so damn often here, that episode was on last night.


29 posted on 01/18/2005 12:10:24 PM PST by Cagey
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To: RedBloodedAmerican; BikerNYC


Let me rephrase that,

Teenagers don't realize that the primary purpose of sex is to procreate.


30 posted on 01/18/2005 12:44:48 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican; BikerNYC


Pregnancy has come to be viewed as A consequence of sex. It should be viewed as THE consequence of sex.

Sex makes babies. And allot of people my age don't get that. They know it, they just don't get it.


31 posted on 01/18/2005 12:50:32 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ("Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. -Richard Gere)
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To: IRLC
The mother of a 17-year-old girl was concerned that her daughter was having sex.

Worried the girl might become pregnant and adversely impact the family's status, she consulted the family doctor.

The doctor told her that teenagers today were very willful and any attempt to stop the girl would probably result in rebellion. He then told her to arrange for her daughter to be put on birth control and until then, talk to her and give her a box of condoms.

Later that evening, as her daughter was preparing for a date, the woman told her about the situation and handed her a box of condoms.

The girl burst out laughing and reached over to hug her mother saying:"Oh Mom! You don't have to worry about that! I'm dating Susan!"

32 posted on 01/19/2005 1:29:17 PM PST by Who dat?
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