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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.
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 Cup holds up to an ounce of fluid and should be emptied a few times a day; simply rinse and reinsert. The Keeper menstrual cup is not recommended for those with latex allergies. The Keeper can last up to ten years, saving you over $800 in disposable products!
Cleaning & Care
Wash your menstrual cup with mild soap and water before reinsertion. At the end of your cycle, wash and dry the menstrual cup before storing it in the drawstring fabric bag provided. Do not store your menstrual cup in a plastic bag or airtight container. At the beginning of your next cycle, thoroughly wash your cup with mild soap and water before using. Do not boil The Keeper.
Important! The Keeper has tiny holes below the rim which should be kept clean. Do not use a toothpick or other sharp objects to clean the holes as this may damage the cup. Instead, submerge the cup in water and squeeze the water out through the holes.
Your menstrual cup may naturally discolor slightly over time. This does not impair its function.
How to Use
Before using your menstrual cup for the first time, thoroughly wash your hands and the cup in warm water with a mild soap. Do not boil The Keeper.
To insert your menstrual cup, press the sides of the cup together to fold the cup in half, then fold in half again. The rim of the cup will now be held in a "C" shape. Gently insert the cup rim-first into the vagina to where it feels comfortable. After some practice you will learn how to most comfortably position your menstrual cup. The cup will pop open during insertion.
Menstrual cups are commonly emptied between 2 and 4 times per day. You will learn how frequently to empty your cup depending on the heaviness of your menstrual flow. Before removal, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Tug gently on the stem, then squeeze the base of the cup between your thumb and forefinger to break the seal. If you cannot reach the stem or base of cup, bear down with your internal muscles to help push the cup downward. Gently pull the cup downward at an angle, holding it carefully to avoid spills. Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet. It is not necessary to remove the cup before urination or bowel movements.
If you find that the steam is too long for your comfort, you may remove the cup and carefully trim the stem to a comfortable length. Do not trim the stem off completely.
Natural gum rubber.
How do I clean my menstrual cup in a public restroom?
You can simply empty it and reinsert it, or you can wipe it off with toilet paper and reinsert. You might also carry a little bottle of water with you to use to rinse it out over the toilet before you reinsert it. Another option is to take a damp paper towel in the stall with you to use as a wipe. We carry Lunette Wipes, a mild disinfectanct wipe in its own wrapper that can be used to clean off any of our menstrual cup options when on the go.
Can I use a menstrual cup if I have an IUD?
Always consult your gynecologist or primary care provider if you have any concerns before using your menstrual cup. Many women with IUDs are able to successfully use a menstrual cup. We recommend becoming familiar with your body and using extra caution when using an IUD. Additionally, a recent study conducted in Canada concluded that menstrual cups do not increase the risk of IUD expulsion.
Are menstrual cups comfortable?
Some women don't feel the cup at all and rave about how comfortable it is. Others find that the stem may bother them or at least they are aware of it. It is important to try the menstrual cup for a few cycles before deciding what is or isn't comfortable. Sometimes you may think the cup will sit lower inside your body but after a day of hard work you may find that it travels further up in your vaginal canal. If after a few cycles with your cup you find that the stem still sticks out and irritates you, the Keeper Cup and Moon Cup offer you the ability to trim it. We recommend leaving at least half intact.
Are menstrual cups safer than tampons?
The menstrual cup has a lower risk of TSS and is healthier and more comfortable for your body than tampons. The vaginal canal is one of the most porous parts of our body, which makes the absorption of any residual chemicals found in tampons a possibility. If you have ever had TSS, you should consult a medical professional before using tampons or menstrual cups.
Average Customer Rating (based on 14 reviews)
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By: dahliaflower722 from Iowa City, IA US on September 20, 2012
DIFFERENT, BUT OK
By: V-chic from Fort Washington, MD US on October 26, 2012
"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]."
Takes Time To Get Used To
By: BiochemDr from Austin, TX US on March 12, 2013
"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! "
Never ever going back
By: MrsMarkey from St. Louis, MO US on November 15, 2012
"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."
By: Becca from Raleigh , NC US on June 29, 2013
"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! "
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By: Jay Dee from Brooklyn, NY US on July 13, 2013
It really is a "keeper"
By: dsa from milwaukee, WI US on June 11, 2013
"Great product! I don't feel it there at all and I can go much longer than I was able to with just a tampon in. For me it leaks a very little bit at first and then it seems to be fine for the rest of the day. Paired with a thin panty liner it's perfect. "
Love it.. But not at first
By: Tules from Bellingham, WA US on October 26, 2013
"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!"
By: Lisa from west bend, WI US on March 28, 2013
"I have been using this cup for a few cycles now. I love it! I can now go to bed with nothing else on and do all my usual activities without cumbersome cloth pads. My only question is about how to clean it? after using it throughout my cycle it develops an odor that is hard to get rid of. I have followed the recommended washing instructions but it still isn't completely odor free."