A great alternative to tampons, this soft, natural gum rubber menstrual cup collects the flow rather than absorbing it, so the vaginal tissues aren't dried out as they can be by disposable tampons. The Keeper can last up to ten years, saving you hundreds of dollars!
The Keeper is not recommended for those with latex allergies.
The Keeper Cup Size A is designed for women who have given birth vaginally, while the Keeper Cup Size B is meant for women who have NOT given birth vaginally.
The Keeper features a long stem that you may choose to trim if needed. Please wait to trim the stem until you've tried the cup for at least a few days, as the position of your cup may change as you adjust to using it. Do not remove the stem completely.
I was reluctant at first, it took me about 5 months to decide to buy this item. I only wish I had bought it earlier! I had been having problems with tampons - they were hurting mi skin - and I needed to find an alternative to them. The keeper is one of my best purchases ever. I've had it for one month now and I am very, very happy with it. It is incredibly easy to use and I find it much more comfortable than tampons.
I ordered the smallest size because I have not given birth and I remember thinking it was HUGE when I first tried it. It was a little difficult and a tiny bit painful to put in and take out, but I've had my Keeper Cup for 3 months at least and I love having it! I don't even feel it anymore. It's way more comfortable than tampons and I also can remove and replace it very easily and comfortably now. The only reason I'm even buying reusable pads is because at night my cup leaks without fail. It's my only complaint about it, however I don't think it's a defect with the product. During the day and even during sports I'm completely leak free, but for some reason at night... maybe it's the position I sleep in. I would also like to point out that I recently came off the pill and am switching to a more natural birth control (look up FAM if you're interested!) and therefore my flow is kinda heavy. Before when I was on the pill and had a lighter flow I had absolutely no leaking day or night!
Not great quality and very hard to insert and extremely hard to remove. The stem is highly inflexible which irritates.
I like the keeper cup. I use cloth pads as a back up since I leak, but I did that with tampons too. Even with a back up pad I still have more freedom than I would have with just pads (I have a pretty heavy flow so just pads can be restricting sometimes). When my flow is at it's heaviest I can empty the cup 3-4 times a day. I have a MeLuna cup and a Keeper cup, and they both developed an icky odor over time that I haven't had any luck trying to get rid of with baking soda or vinegar. Tonight I had the bright idea to use Thyme tea so I tried it on my Keeper Cup and it worked very well, the cup just smells like rubber again. I poured boiling water over 1/2 Tbs of thyme leaves in an 8oz jelly jar. After the solution cooled a bit I submerged my Keeper Cup in it with the leaves and all.
This is a great product, I prefer it over the silicon model. Because the rubber is slightly harder, it opens up better once it's inside of you. And you'll never have to purchase feminine products again.
I have been a huge fan of GladRags since I started using them back in February! I finally decided to get a menstrual cup after reading up on how and why TSS happens with tampons and how the cups have a much lower connection with TSS. I love that I'm being kind to the Earth and my body! Tampons and disposable pads are bleached with harsh chemicals and then sit in land fills for years and years... That's not kind to the Earth at all or your body! Our menstrual cycles are natural things so we should treat them naturally. I love the Keeper cup! I got it yesterday and used it for the first time today and I can't even feel it! And I don't have that uncomfortable dryness that tampons can cause. GladRags and Cups are the greatest female accessory!
It feels kind of weird at first. I'm using it for the 3rd time this weekend, and I'm used to it now. You can't tell when it's in the right position. Must wear the night pad to catch leakage. I will continue to use The Keeper to save money. It is very sturdy and seems like it will last forever -- or at last until I finish menopause [started this year].
I was hesitant to purchase this just because of what it was and what I would have to do with it. However I bit the bullet and gave it a try. Fantastic! Clean! Not smelly at all! As long as I can, I will never go back to itchy, dry, stinky pads.
The Keeper is extremely easy to use and so much more comfortable than tampons! Seriously, if you have any doubts, order it--you won't be sorry.
I purchased this in size B years ago and stopped using it after experiencing lots of leaking with it. A few days ago I ran out of tampons so decided to give it another try.. Works perfectly, no leaking at all, which surprised me since I recently gave birth vaginally and am still using the same size B. Not sure how much bigger the A is but I'm glad this one works for me now!