The Keeper was introduced in 1987, making it the oldest menstrual cup brand around. Made of latex (gum rubber), The Keeper is a little different to most modern menstrual cups which are made with durable, hypoallergenic medical grade silicone (the makers of The Keeper also sell the Moon Cup, made with silicone). If you have a latex allergy, The Keeper is not for you, otherwise, this menstrual cup might be the perfect alternative to disposable (or other reusable) period products.
The Keeper Menstrual Cup
Highlights: Can handle heavy and light flow. Comes in two sizes to make for a better fit depending on whether or not you’ve birthed a baby. Reusable for up to 10 years or so, with proper care.
The Keeper Menstrual Cup at a glance:
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Materials:||Natural gum rubber (latex)|
The Keeper is reusable for up to 10 years or so, with proper care (although it may start to get discolored and smell after a few years). The makers of The Keeper highly recommend not boiling the cup and instead cleaning it by rinsing the cup in warm soapy water and then in a solution made of one part vinegar to nine parts water. This, they say, can extend the life of The Keeper (and the Moon Cup).
As with other menstrual cups, The Keeper can handle heavy and light flow and comes in two sizes to make for a better fit depending on whether or not you’ve birthed a baby.
The Keeper vs. The Moon Cup
The Keeper is one of the few latex menstrual cups around and has been on the market since 1987, meaning that generations of people have saved billions of pounds of waste from going into landfill by using these cups. One thing we like about The Keeper is that the company has always been committed to minimizing packaging and ships them box-free. They also eschew add-ons, meaning they don’t try to upsell you with special washes for your cup, further minimizing unnecessary waste. If you have a latex allergy but like the bell-shape of The Keeper, go for the Moon Cup, which is sold by the same company.