The Keeper menstrual cup is made of natural gum rubber (latex). The potential life expectancy of The Keeper – with proper care (ex: no contact with harsh chemicals) – can be up to 10 years!! FDA-approved
Size: Size B
2.2 x 3.5 x 4.2 inches
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The Keeper menstrual cup is not recommended for those with latex allergies. If you want a latex free cup, please check out the Moon Cup.
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I really wanted this cup because of its history, and how it was the first cup to stay in production. If I had received it 20 years ago, and there were no other options, I'd have loved it more.
It's okay. It works. It was comfortable enough to wear, and easy enough to use. But, the capacity is lacking, and the design could be better. In this day and age, it is no longer necessary to have such a prominent rim, and many of us need way more capacity. The holes aren't punched through all the way, and for such an expensive cup, this is an unacceptable flaw. Either way, the cup worked, and I'm happy I bought it, but I wouldn't likely recommend this cup over other cups.
Okay, how is it that I never knew about menstrual cups until now? They should be a lot more mainstream than they are. This thing is amazing seriously! The best things about it are that you do not have to figure out how heavy your flow is going to be that day, just put the cup in and your good to go for up to 12 hours! Also you don't have to take it out to urinate, which is a huge plus in my book. I drink a lot of water so I have to pee a lot and it was such a pain and a waste to have to change a tampon every time I went to the bathroom.
I have yet to have to empty the cup in public but my plan is to pack some flushable wipes in ziplock in my purse if needed.
I really think more women need to know about menstrual cups!
Oddly enough I have an almost allergic reaction to the silicone versions. Terrible itching which quickly becomes painful. Bit horrible and scary. But this regular rubber one give me no issues at all. I do turn it inside out 2 use so I don't get uncomfortable poking. Otherwise clean and easy to use.
I was really hopeful with this menstrual cup, but in the end I purchased a different brand. I love that this one is made of organic natural rubber, but the material is so stiff it hurt to put it in and take it out. I ended up purchasing one made of a much thinner silicone material and I like that one so much more.
I love my keeper! I first got one 5 years ago (but then tragically my dog ate it. DONT leave these on the counter if you have pooches that like to sneak in the bathroom with you). So of course I quickly bought another one before I would be forced to go back to the cavewoman ways of tampons haha.
It might seem a little awkward at first but its very easy and fast to use. You wont feel it at all (unless you dont have it in all the way) and it wont leak if you have it sealed properly (just use your finger once its in to see if there are any fold or gaps). The stem may be uncomfortable to you, as it was to me 5 years ago, but you can just trim it off. But try not to trim to much! Its useful when its time to take the keeper out.
It works great. I'm coming from using a Mooncup for 4 years or so. The Mooncup went bad...it got softer and parts of it started to crackle off so I had to get a new cup and decided to go with the Keeper. You can use the Keeper inside out, I used to use the Mooncup inside out - that way you can't feel the stem, which I had cut down, but the little edge was chaffing me anyways - so inside out is the right side way for me.
The keeper is a bit stiffer than a silicone model, but I don't find that it's an issue at all. Hopefully this one will last longer than the Mooncup. It's supposed to be able to last 10 years, so it should. We'll see.
Takes some getting used to but once I became familiar with it I wondered why I had never heard of it before. I cut the stem short to begin with and wished I had waited until I had used it a couple of months and had become comfortable removing it. Even so, after the third month I felt like a pro. I definitely recommend this product but I have three instructions. 1. Get over the ick factor, it's far healthier than dioxin laden tampons. 2. Don't cut the stem shorter until you're comfortable inserting and removing the cup (the most difficult time for me is at the end of my cycle). If you encounter leakage due to uncertainty about insertion Google 'YouTube video on the Keeper Cup'. There are plenty of videos of women giving tips on proper usage.
This is my first menstrual cup, though I had heard about The Keeper specifically years ago. I ordered The Keeper rather than another brand because at the time it was the only menstrual cup in my size that was prime-elligible. I'm still encountering the learning curve of using one, but I find it to be very well constructed. I understand that this is the smaller size of the two The Keeper makes, which surprised me because when I first started using it, I found inserting it difficult because even when "c-folded," it still was rather large and took quite a bit of maneuvering to even insert the entirety of the rim. From what I gather, the rubber with which this is made is also considerably thicker than other versions of menstrual cups, which can sometimes be cumbersome or uncomfortable. I still get occasional leaks toward the beginning of my flow, but I hope to curtail that with learning how to better position it.
I deducted one star because of the stem of the cup. I have two major issues with it: -first, it is rather long. This can be fixed by trimming it, but I was really uncomfortable altering the product when first receiving it because I hadn't even learned how to fully use it properly or whether I was inserting it correctly, so I didn't want to change it in a way I couldn't later reverse. -The second and larger issue I have is that there are no gripping grooves on the stem like there are on some of The Keeper's competitors. The slick surface of the base and stem of the Keeper sometimes make it incredibly difficult to remove.
All in all, this is a well-made product, but if and when I decide to buy another menstrual cup, I will likely go with something thinner with well-placed grooves for easier use.