As many of you already know, I’m a BIG fan of menstrual cups- they’re much safer than tampons (no known cases of TSS), waste-free, worry-free, comfortable to wear, and offer a great cost-savings. I’ve had the opportunity to try out many different menstrual cups, and they’re all great in their own ways, but there’s something very special about The Keeper- it was the first menstrual cup ever made!
Created in 1987, The Keeper is one of the most trusted and recognized menstrual cups in the industry. It was made by a woman, for women, to help make periods a more enjoyable experience. The Keeper is made of natural, organic gum rubber (latex), FDA approved, and the only menstrual cup made in the USA (besides the Moon Cup which is made by The Keeper).
One of the things I love about The Keeper is the company’s commitment to the environment. Aside from being a zero-waste menstrual product, The Keeper comes packaged in a cloth bag that’s made by a retired seamstress, and instructions printed on a sheet of recycled paper. And while we’re talking about being eco-friendly, did you know over 12 BILLION pads and tampons are USED ONCE and disposed of annually? That’s a lot of waste! With The Keeper, you only have to throw one menstrual product away per decade, now that’s what I call an earth friendly period!
As a big advocate and fan of eco-friendly menstrual products, I was really excited to try the first and original menstrual cup! At first glance, The Keeper looked very similar to the other menstrual cups I’ve tried, but there are actually quite a few things that make it unique. The Keeper is made of organic gum rubber which makes it a bit thicker and heavier than other cups. At first I thought the weight & thickness might make The Keeper uncomfortable to wear, but that wasn’t the case at all. Once inserted, I couldn’t even tell it was there, and the firmness actually made it easier to insert and remove.
Another thing that stood out to me was the length of the stem- it’s about twice as long as the stems on other popular menstrual cups. In my opinion, this is a big plus. When a stem too short, removing the cup can be a real struggle. However, all women are shaped differently, so The Keeper made their stem extra long to accommodate everyone, with the option of trimming up to half of it off to achieve a length that is just right for you. I found that the stem was just a little too long for me, so I trimmed about 1/4 of it off and now it’s just right. Another thing worthy of mentioning about The Keeper’s stem is that it’s nice and smooth. Some menstrual cups have stems with ridges on them to help with removal, but they can also cause irritation from rubbing & friction. I’ve had absolutely no problem removing The Keeper, and personally prefer a smooth stem, opposed to one with ridges.
Like most menstrual cups, The Keeper comes in two different sizes- Style A designed for women who have had vaginal childbirth (“A”fter vaginal childbirth), and Style B designed for women who have NOT had childbirth, or who have experienced cesarean childbirth only (“B”efore vaginal childbirth). Style B is slightly smaller in diameter and is made with slightly firmer gum rubber than style A, although the difference in size is not visibly discernable. Being a mom who has had 4 vaginal childbirths I use Style A and have had great success with it. Like I previously mentioned, once The Keeper is properly inserted you can’t even tell it’s there!
On heavy flow days I can wear The Keeper for 4-6 hours at a time without any leaks, and on regular or light days I wear it for up to 8 hours at a time! I also wear The Keeper at night without any leaks, and best of all, no penguin waddles to the bathroom the next morning with a soggy pad in-between my legs! Removing the cup is just as easy as removing a tampon- you just pull it out by the stem. Once the cup has been removed simply empty it in the toilet, rinse with water and you’re ready to use again- easy peasy!
I absolutely love The Keeper, and recommend it to anyone looking for a better alternative to disposable pads and tampons! If you have a latex allergy, or simply prefer a cup made of silicone The Keeper also makes The Moon Cup which is identical to The Keeper, but made of medical grade silicone.
Buy The Keeper!
$35 + $2 (Includes International shipping also)
Over 10 years, that’s 29 cents per month!
Compare with other products at $4.00 per month:
$4.00 X 120 months = $480.00 – $35.00 = $445.00 Savings!
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Win The Keeper!
In honor of our Earth Friendly Period Event The Keeper is giving eco-crazy readers a chance to WIN a Keeper Cup of their own! Enter to win using the easy Rafflecopter form below! I am also giving away a Moon Cup along with some other eco-fab prizes now-May 7th during the “Green Your Mom Giveaway Hop“!
Don’t forget to check out all of the other Earth Friendly Period Event posts & giveaways…
Disclosure: I received a Keeper Cup at no cost to facilitate this review. No other form of compensation was received, and all opinions are purely my own.
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