The answers to these commonly asked questions about The Moon Cup / The KEEPER menstrual cups have come with the assistance of the manufacturer, The KEEPER Inc.
If you have a question we have not covered please email or call us.
We always tell women to talk with their own personal OB/GYN or health care provider regarding the KEEPER or Moon Cup menstrual cups
THE KEEPER is the small, internally worn,reusable soft rubber Menstrual Cup.
Simple to use, THE KEEPER is an innovative feminine hygiene product. Economical, comfortable, environment-friendly, THE KEEPER is an attractive alternative to sanitary pads and tampons, and -- when cared for properly (example: no harsh chemicals used to clean it) -- as been known to least up to 10 years. Visit the Usage and Care page to learn how to use The Keeper.
The Mooncup is a small, internally worn, reusable menstrual Cup. Made out of medical grade silicone.
Simple to use, The Mooncup is an innovative feminine hygiene product. Economical, comfortable, environment-friendly, The Mooncup is an attractive alternative to sanitary pads and tampons. The Mooncup is too new to determine the number of years of life expectency. Visit the Usage and Care page to learn how to use The Moon Cup.
How do The KEEPER and Moon Cup menstrual cup work ... how do they stay in place? The most amazing thing about The KEEPER and Moon Cup menstrual cups is they are designed to catch your menstrual flow rather than absorbing it. The bell shape allows The KEEPER or Moon Cup menstrual cups to fit snuggly and comfortably up against your uterine walls, below but not up against your cervix and inside the vaginal opening. The rim and tiny holes above the rim are designed to create a suction which keeps The KEEPER and Moon Cup menstrual cups in place and collects your menstrual flow inside. The KEEPER and Moon Cup menstrual cups are a simple devices and are simple to use.
What is the "KEEPER" made from? The KEEPER menstrual cup is made from natural gum rubber, also known as latex.
What is the "Moon Cup" made from? The Moon Cup menstrual cup is made from medical grade silicone. Baby bottle nipples are also made from this material.
What about latex allergy? Unfortunately if you are sensitive to rubber The KEEPER may not be for you. We recommend you try The Moon Cup, the silicone version of The KEEPER. Please consult with your OB/GYN or health care provider if you are unsure.
Who makes "The KEEPER and Moon Cup"? The KEEPER menstrual cup is manufactured in the U.S.A.(Cincinnati,Ohio) by The KEEPER Inc.
How long has The KEEPER been available? The KEEPER menstrual cup first came on the market in 1986 and is coming close to being available for 30 years.
How long has The Moon Cup been available? The Moon Cup is new to the market.
Why have I not heard about The KEEPER or The Moon Cup before now? Since the KEEPER menstrual cup is reusuable, lasting up to 10 years, a woman will only purchase a few menstrual cups during her menstrating years. It is not a money making product for big companies with the ability to make a product "highly visiable and available". In the early days it was difficult for the KEEPER to find anyone to allow them to advertise. No one wanted to write about or be associated with something called a "menstrual cup".
The KEEPER menstrual cup has achieved it's internationally known status purely on the hard work of it's distributors and their strong commitment to let other women know of an "alternative" to the commercially made feminine hygiene products available. Credit also goes to the health food stores, midwivies, holistic practioners, food co-ops, and women's health clinics who understood the need to bring The KEEPER and The Moon Cup's availabiltiy to the attention of women through out the world and gave the distributors a voice, show place, or shelf to promote a product they truely believed in.
Have The KEEPER and The Moon Cup menstrual cups been approved by the appropiate agencies?Yes. FDA-in the USA and many other countries.
Isn't The Moon Cup / The Keeper Cup a little expensive? Comparitively speaking, no. Most other forms of protection cost anywhere from $4.00 to $7.00 a month while the The Moon Cup / The Keeper Cup menstrual cups' average monthly cost is only pennies!
How long does The KEEPER menstrual cup last? If cared for properly the KEEPER menstrual cup has a life expectancy of at least 10 years.
Is it comfortable? It looks so big . At first you may be aware of its presence but once you get use to it that awareness will go away
Is using a menstrual cup messy? No, not once you get comfortable with it. In the beginning you may cause things to happen which will lead to it being messy. This usually happens when you are first getting use to removing and empting it. Not properly releasing the seal you created when you inserted The Moon Cup / The KEEPER menstrual cup can sometimes be messy. Once you learn to release it properly there should not be any problems. Pulling The Moon Cup / KEEPER menstrual cup out tipping at an angle or too fast could cause a problem. Again, once you get use to removing and empting the Moon Cup / KEEPER menstrual cup, things should be fine. Just remove it slowly and as straight as possible.
Will the Moon Cup / KEEPER Cup leak? No ,The KEEPER / The Moon Cup menstrual cups themselves do not leak. However, there are conditions that could cause leakage. If it has not been inserted properly, if something has caused the KEEPER / Moon Cup to move out of place, some leakage may occur.
Will I be able to feel The Moon Cup / The KEEPER Cup when it is inside of me? No, if you do feel it then it has not been inserted in the correct position and is too close to the vaginal opening. Reinsert the KEEPER menstrual cup slightly higher.
Is it possible for The Moon Cup or The KEEPER Cup get lost inside of me? No.
Does it fit near the cervix? No.
How often should a menstrual cup be emptied?You never want anything to stay in your body for an extended length of time without removing it. The Moon Cup / The KEEPER Cup should be emptied and rinsed every 8-12 hours. More often if you are experiencing a heavy menstrual flow.
Can The Moon Cup / KEEPER cup be worn overnight? Yes.
When I urinate or have a bowel movement do I need to remove my menstrual cup? No. However, you may find your Moon Cup / KEEPER traveled down closer to the entrance of your vagina if you were pushing your muscles harder than normal.. It may need to be readjusted.
What if I need to empty my Moon Cup / KEEPER menstrual cup in a public restroom? Not a problem ... first wash your hands ...it is suggested that you wet a paper towel and take it into the stall with you. Remove, empty and wipe the Moon Cup / KEEPER menstrual cup before reinserting. Use part of the wet paper towel to wipe your fingers.
Is it sanitary? Yes, if cared for properly. Always wash your hands before handling your menstrual cup.
Can I wear The Moon Cup / The KEEPER Cup during intercourse? No. Menstrual cups are positioned below the cervix and low near the vaginal opening.
I use my diaghram sometimes for my menstrual protection, can The The Moon Cup / The KEEPER Cup be used as a method of birth control? No. Menstrual cups are not like a diaphram and can not be used as a method of birth control.
Can a virgin use The Moon Cup or The KEEPER menstrual cup? Yes, it would be much like a tampon. If you have strong personal feeling about keeping the hymen "intact" you may not want to use a menstrual cup.
I have a tilted uterus, can I use The Moon Cup / The KEEPER? Yes.
I am physically active and very involved in sports. Can I wear a menstrual cup? Absolutely !
Can IUD users use The Moon Cup / The KEEPER? The KEEPER menstrual cup would pose the same risk to an Intra-Uterine Device user as that of a tampon. The Moon Cup / The KEEPER's manufacturer's OB/GYN consultants suggest it may be "used with caution"..."there should be no problem". The risk would occur if The Moon Cup / The KEEPER Cup would travel up, which generally does not happen. We always recommend that women speak with their own personal OB/GYN or health care provider when concerned about using The Moon Cup or The KEEPER menstrual cups.
What about possible infection? If you have a history of dehydration or UTI's, you may want to drink extra water during the time you are using your menstrual cup. A few women have found that their menstrual cup aggravated a urinary tract infection.
What if I have a yeast infection? First and foremost, you must get medical treatment for your yeast infection. The manufacturer's (The KEEPER Inc.)consultants report that all that is needed to treat your Moon Cup / KEEPER menstrual cup is simply cleaning it with warm soapy water.