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The Keeper is a reusable menstrual cup made of natural gum rubber that is worn internally and is very simple to use. It holds up to an ounce of fluid and should be emptied a few times a day; simply rinse and reinsert. Economical, efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly, made by women for women. When cared for properly (e.g., no exposure to harsh chemicals), it has a life expectancy of at least 10 years. Compared with the ongoing and escalating prices of pads and tampons, menstrual cups cost only pennies a month.
• around since 1987
• FDA approved
• made in the USA.
Full instructions and cloth carry bag are included. The Keeper menstrual cup is not recommended for those with latex allergies.
SIZE A - if you've ever had a vaginal childbirth.
SIZE B - everyone else.
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. You may also choose to boil the cup in an open pan for up to 5 minutes.
Before using your menstrual cup for the first time, thoroughly wash your hands and the cup in warm water with a mild soap. You may boil the Moon Cup in an open pan for up to 5 minutes.
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 stem 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.
You can leave your menstrual cup in for up to 12 hours. On your heavier days, however, you will need to empty it more frequently. Some women need to empty it every 1-2 hours. You will quickly get a feel for the time frame that works best for you. You may use a cup while sleeping.
At the end of your period, wash your menstrual cup in hot soapy water -- no need to boil. Dry thoroughly and place in the convenient bag that comes with it. If you wish, you may rinse it in a mild solution of tea tree oil or vinegar and water, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
There is no need to boil the cups. Boiling The Keeper Cup is not recommended, as it may damage the rubber. However, you may boil the Moon Cup, Lunette, or the DivaCup, though it is not necessary for sanitation.
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.
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.
We have never had a menstrual cup returned to us with a hole or crack in it. In order for blood to actually "leak" out of your cup, the hole would have to be big enough for you to see. Sometimes women are confused because the pull-tab is not solid on The Keeper Cup and The Moon Cup, creating the illusion that blood is leaking out the end. If you examine your cup you will find the base does not have an opening.
First, please note that it takes time to get familiar with your cup. We find it takes 2-3 cycles to determine if a menstrual cup is the right product for you. Second, note when the leaking occurs. If you had it in for 2 hours and then it began leaking, you may need to empty it a little sooner. On heavier days, you will need to empty the cup more frequently. You may opt to supplement with a Pantyliner on your heavy flow days. If you are getting leakage shortly after insertion, you can try placing the cup at different depths. Sometimes it's a matter of finding just the right place. Another area to explore is what to do once you have it inserted. Try turning or wiggling it a bit and giving it a little pull downward. Other women have good luck by clenching their pelvic muscles and pulling the cup down slightly at the same time.
You have 60 days to return any product in our store for any reason, no questions asked. Please note we do not refund shipping and are not responsible for return shipping.