- PERSONAL CARE
- MENSTRUAL CUPS
Compared with the ongoing and escalating prices of pads and tampons, menstrual cups cost only pennies per month. They are simple to use, innovative, economical, comfortable, and environment-friendly. When cared for properly (e.g., no contact with harsh chemicals), they have the potential to last 10 years. Available in 2 sizes: A for after vaginal childbirth and B for before childbirth & c-section.
- The Moon Cup® is the alternative feminine hygiene product made from soft, medical-grade silicone. The Moon Cup is for all women, but especially for those with allergies to latex rubber.
- The Keeper® is a small, flexible, internally worn reusable menstrual cup. The Keeper® is made of natural gum rubber (latex).
- Approved by the FDA.
- Manufactured and packaged in the USA.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THE MANUFACTURER
How does it stay in place?
THE KEEPER® or MOON CUP® is designed to catch your menstrual flow rather than absorb it. Its bell shape allows THE KEEPER or MOON CUP to fit snuggly and comfortably up against your vaginal walls, below but not touching your cervix. The rim is designed to help create a suction that keeps THE KEEPER or MOON CUP in place and collects your menstrual flow inside of it. The small holes around the rim allow air into the cup to help release the suction when you remove the cup.
How Do you remove it?
Reach and pinch the base of the cup until the seal releases, then gently guide it out. Keep the cup vertical until it is out, then dump the contents. When you’re getting started it can be helpful to practice in the shower, and some women find it easiest to do their emptying in the shower, particularly since you’re more relaxed then.
How long has it been around?
We have proudly educated, empowered, and supported women with THE KEEPER cup since 1986 and are eagerly awaiting our 30-year anniversary!
Is it safe?
THE KEEPER and MOON CUP have both been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?
Results of lab testing indicate that it is very unlikely to amplify the bacterial associated with TSS. Our menstrual cups are non-absorbent. That’s not to say it cannot happen but reduces the chances dramatically. To reduce the chances even more, follow common good hygiene rules of clean hands and nails. wash your hands before inserting and removing your cup and do not use harsh chemicals that could deteriorate the smooth surface of our cups. When cleaning your cup remember to clean the holes below the rim by pushing your choice of cleaning/sanitizing methods through the holes. Also, clean the inside of the stem the same way. Trimming your fingernails will reduce the chance of putting small cuts into the surface of the cup. Signs of TSS: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/toxic-shock-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355384
I’m concerned about infection.
A few women have found that their KEEPER or MOON CUP aggravated a urinary tract infection. Please check with your healthcare provider.
Will it get lost inside of me?
No! 🙂 Your cervical opening is far too small to allow a menstrual cup through.Does it touch or come close to the cervix?
Does it touch or come close to the cervix?
How long will it last?
With proper care, THE KEEPER has a “potential” life expectancy of up to 10 years.
The MOON CUP has not been on the market as long as THE KEEPER, so we are not yet certain on its life expectancy. However, the durability of silicone is well documented elsewhere.
Is it comfortable?
It looks so big. At first you may notice THE KEEPER or MOON CUP, but once you get used to it (usually during your first few days of use), you will not be aware of its presence.
Is it messy?
No, not once you get comfortable with it. In the beginning, you need to become accustomed to removing and emptying your KEEPER or MOON CUP. If the suction seal is not properly released before you remove the cup, it can sometimes be messy. Once you learn to release the seal and remove your cup properly, there should not be any problem. Pulling THE KEEPER or MOON CUP out too fast, or tipping it at too steep an angle could cause some spillage. Again, once you get some practice removing and emptying THE KEEPER or MOON CUP, things will be fine. Just remove the cup slowly and as close to straight down (with minimal tipping) as possible.
Will it leak?
No, THE KEEPER or MOON CUP itself does not leak. However, there are conditions that could cause leakage. If the cup has not been inserted properly and the seal was not created. Sometimes it may mean that you may have a cup size that does not match the strength of your vaginal wall muscles.
I’m having trouble with leaks. Help!
1.Try running your index finger between the rim and the vaginal wall to make sure the cup has fully opened and fitting tight up against your vaginal walls.
2. It is helpful to insert the cup quite low and slide it up. Your vaginal muscles will adjust the cup into a position that fit’s your body.
Will I be able to feel it inside?
Not if it has been properly inserted. If you do feel it, then it has probably not been inserted in the correct position and is too close to the vaginal opening. Adjust or reinsert THE KEEPER or MOON CUP slightly higher in the vaginal cavity. Remember, most of the stem remains outside of your body.
Can I wear it overnight?
Do I remove it to urinate or to have a bowel movement?
No. However, you may find that your KEEPER or MOON CUP has traveled down closer to the entrance of your vagina if you push your muscles harder than normal. So, the cup may need to be readjusted after urination or a bowel movement.
What if I need to empty it while in a public restroom?
First, wash your hands. You may find it useful to take a wet paper towel into the stall with you. Remove, empty, and wipe THE KEEPER or MOON CUP before reinserting (you may use toilet tissue to do this). Then, use the wet paper towel to wipe off your fingers. Wash your hands again before leaving the restroom.
Can I wear THE KEEPER or MOON CUP during intercourse?
No. THE KEEPER or MOON CUP is positioned below the cervix and at the vaginal opening, so it would interfere with intercourse.
Will it work like a diaphragm as a method of birth control?
No. THE KEEPER or MOON CUP is NOT like a diaphragm and CANNOT be used as a method of birth control.
Can a virgin use It?
Yes, it would be much like a tampon. However, if you have strong personal feelings about keeping the hymen “intact,” you may not want to use THE KEEPER or MOON CUP. Please check with your personal physician for advice.
Does it work with a tilted uterus?
Can Athletic/Active Women Use It?
Absolutely! Many women who are active in sports find THE KEEPER or MOON CUP very convenient and effective.
Can IUD users use it?
Yes, they can. But we suggest that you speak with your own personal physician, OB/GYN, or other health care provider when you have concerns about using THE KEEPER or MOON CUP.
USING YOU CUP
Inserting The Keeper or The Moon Cup
1. After washing your hands and cup, simply fold your Keeper or Moon Cup by pressing the sides of the lightweight, flexible cup together (Illus. 1)
2. Then, fold the cup in half again (Illus. 2).
3. Now, hold the folded Keeper or Moon Cup between your thumb and index finger, as shown in Illus. 2.
4. To insert The Keeper or Moon Cup, sit on the toilet (or in an equally relaxed position) and insert your foldedKeeper or Moon Cup completely into the vagina. Let the cup unfold by releasing your fingers.
5. After inserting, gently rotate it with your fingertips, before gently pulling it down and forward into position at your vaginal opening. Gently pull on the stem and you should feel that your Keeper or Moon Cup is firmly in place.
6. As you can see in illus. 3, The Keeper and The Moon Cup follow the natural slant of your vagina. Neither one touches the cervix; both rest comfortably below it. Be sure the stem is at the entrance to the vagina, and completely outside of your body.
Tip: Find a comfortable position that will allow you to easily insert your cup. That may be sitting on the toilet, putting one leg up on the edge of the bathtub or squatting.
Removing and Cleaning The Keeper or The Moon Cup
1. Sit on the toilet and grasp the stem firmly so that the tips of your fingers pinch the base of the cup. This action allows air to enter around the cup, releasing the suction, and making it easy to remove.
2. Ease your Keeper or Moon Cup gently forward and downward, supporting the bottom of the cup with your fingertips to prevent spilling.
3. Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet.
4. If you are still having your period and want to reinsert your Keeper or Moon Cup, simply rinse it or wipe it with a tissue and reinsert.
5. At the end of your period, wash The Keeper or The Moon Cup in soapy water – or it can be rinsed (not soaked) in dilute vinegar solution (1 part vinegar to 9 parts water). Rinse it in this solution for no more than 3 minutes.
6. Let your Keeper or Moon Cup air dry. Place your Keeper or Moon Cup in the convenient cotton fabric bag it came in to store it between periods. Never store your cup in an airtight container.
7. DO NOT rinse or soak your Keeper or Moon Cup in any solution stronger than 1 part vinegar to 9 parts water or in any other chemical solution. Exposing The Keeper or The Moon Cup to such solutions can result in damage to it.
8. How Often Should I Empty My Keeper or Moon Cup?
Your Keeper or Moon Cup holds one full ounce of menstrual fluid. Most women produce only 2 to 4 ounces during their entire periods. So, emptying the cup a few times each day is usually sufficient. In a month or two, you will become familiar with your own menstrual flow pattern, and will know when to empty it. Every 8 to 12 hours is typical; more frequently when experiencing a heavy menstrual flow.