Condoms are reliable — when used [Letter]

September 28, 2014

In Susan Reimer's generally excellent column, "The end of marriage" (Sept. 24), she makes the following statement about birth control:

"They either use it inconsistently, such as forgetting to take the Pill, or they choose a form that has a high failure rate, such as condoms."

I was puzzled to read this because I thought — and a quick check of the Internet confirmed — that condoms are quite reliable. Here's one of many sources I found at Planned Parenthood.

Perhaps she meant it's a mistake to depend on condoms because people aren't always comfortable with them, but when they are used, they work.

Pam Zerba, York, Pa.

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