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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Best Brand of Condoms

Dear Geek Advisor,

Can you tell me what brand of condoms is the best?

Anonymous, via email

There are several things that must be considered here: preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention and comfort. Of course, strength is also a factor shared by all of these considerations. After all, if the condom breaks, pregnancy prevention and protection from STD's are out the door.

Believe it or not, but Consumer Reports has actually tested 23 brands of condoms. Their findings were presented in the February, 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. According to their report, the highest rated condoms are: Durex Extra Sensitive Lubricated Latex, Durex Performax Lubricated, Trojan Extended Pleasure Climax Control Lubricant, Trojan Non-Lubricated and Trojan Ultra Pleasure Spermicidal Lubricant.

Interestingly enough, the CR article states: "There is no reason to choose spermicidal condoms over other kinds as they have no additional benefit in preventing pregnancy, have a shorter shelf life and may cause urinary tract infections in young women. Trojan Ultra Pleasure with Spermicidal Lubricant is the only top rated model with spermicide."

Finally, the article also warns against using Planned Parenthood's "Assorted Colors" and "Honeydew" brands because they rated lowest in strength tests and may have a higher tendency to fail during use. Of course, all of these factors depend on correct condom usage to be effective.

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