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Review & Give-Away: The Keeper

February 17, 2011

As a cloth-diapering mama, I have to admit it feels a little strange (even hypocritical) to use eco-friendly products for my son yet purchase disposable hygiene products for myself.   Since becoming a mother and learning about the toxins in disposable diapers, I began to wonder if some of the same things were being used in disposable feminine hygiene products.  Short answer?  Yes.  After some more researching, I began to hear about natural rubber “menstral cups” from The Keeper.

The Keeper is a small natural gum rubber reusable cup worn internally.  It can be worn 8-12 hours at a time and lasts up to 10 years!  For those of us with latex sensitivities, The Keeper also offers The Moon Cup made of medical-grade silicone.  Both products have been FDA-approved and are made in the USA.

My experience with The Moon Cup so far has been great!  There is a bit of a learning curve when first learning to use the cup.  After a bit of practice, though, it is just as easy as can be!  I also appreciate how such a simple little object can can not only save me money and protect my health, but also keep many  many disposable products from ending up in a land fill:

Shocking, isn’t it?

Would you like to try The Keeper for yourself?

The generous people at The Keeper are offering one Oh Baby O reader your choice of either The Keeper (natural gum rubber/latex) or The Moon Cup (medical-grade silicone).

Required Entry:

Other optional ways to enter:
(Optional entries only count with participation in Required Entry!)

Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry!
This give-away is open world-wide.
Must be 18 years of age to enter.
It is advised that you talk with your personal physician, OB/GYN, or other health care provider concerning medical questions about either THE KEEPER or MOON CUP.

Winner, to receive one menstrual cup (either The Keeper or The Moon Cup) will be posted in two weeks (March 3rd, 2011).  Good Luck!
~Carrie

Disclosure:  Please note, although an honest review, this review is based on free product samples provided to the author.  No other compensation has been received for this review.

Thank you to The Keeper for their help during our review process.

images courtesy of thekeeper.com

Winner: Comment #14

Genevieve
I learned that feminine products haven’t been sterilized! Eek!
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86 Comments
  1. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:03 am

    I learned that they have a 3 month guarantee! That’s pretty great!

  2. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:04 am

    I Like Oh Baby O on Facebook.

  3. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:05 am

    I Follow The Keeper on Twitter.

    ID: @szogediek

  4. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:06 am

    I Follow Oh Baby O on Twitter.

    ID: @szogediek

  5. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:07 am

    I Checked out the Interesting Facts on The Keeper website and learned that Over 12 BILLION pads and tampons are USED ONCE and disposed of annually,

  6. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:08 am

    I checked out the Keeper FAQ and learned that THE KEEPER first came on the market in 1987.

  7. Tamara Sz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:09 am

    I Participated in the Oh Baby O poll

  8. Liz permalink
    February 17, 2011 10:35 am

    I learned that you can wear it for 12 hours without emptying! Nice.
    And the decrease in environmental waste is amazing!

  9. February 17, 2011 10:45 am

    With the impending birth of my second child I made the decision to switch to cloth pads. I bought the cheapest ones I could find (money was – and is – tight). They aren’t great, but they get the job done. When my third child was nearing his due date, I ordered bamboo velour pads. Oh. My. Goodness. They are divine.

    I missed the boat on cups and tampons. Reaching puberty without a mother or any strong female influence led me to path I’m on. I suspect the learning curve would be a steep one for me.

    (Please don’t enter me into the giveaway – I just wanted to voice my support for non-disposable menstrual products.)

    • February 17, 2011 11:06 am

      Hi Melissa!
      Thank you for stopping by to voice your support! I’m always happy to have discussion (regardless of give-away entry). This is something that certainly needs to be talked about!
      Cloth pads are something I get asked about a lot. I’ve been looking into it a bit. Do you know how the bamboo in the pads you have is processed/if it’s rayon?
      It’s fascinating how many different eco-friendly materials are available! I’ve considered making my own out of out-grown prefolds (but, oh, to find the time…). I also think hemp might be amazing! It absorbs so well, is renewable, and gets super soft!
      Thanks again for sharing your perspective!
      Warmly,
      Carrie

      • February 17, 2011 1:16 pm

        I make my own pads out of cotton flannel – just like my babies diapers. I love the feel and the savings! I use them post-partum, and on the first day of my period, when my cup isn’t enough (I have extremely heavy periods). They were so easy to make. I will never go back to disposables – for baby or me! :)
        I have a Diva Cup. It cost a little more (that was a few years ago) but I love it tremendously. I would also add that it helped me learn a little more about myself, because it measures the flow. I always suspected that it was heavy, but what does an ounce look like in a pad? I am always interested in learning, so that was a really cool aspect of the cup.
        Don’t enter me in the drawing. I just wanted to weigh in.
        I love all the things you do to help us moms improve our lives in little ways. Thank you. :)

      • February 17, 2011 1:36 pm

        Oh, Shelly, you flatter me so! ;)
        I have a pattern to make pads (from Amanda Soule’s Handmade Home). I really should get to it! I need something extra the first couple days as well. And I’m totally with you on the measuring thing! Fascinating! Ha!
        I went into the spare/guest/craft/studio/office room and pulled out my sewing machine this afternoon. It feels like Spring is in the air… Maybe I’ll be inspired to put the wool and knitting needles down long enough to do some stitching! (I did, however, also just order some Peace Fleece for longies… Will my hands ever be able to keep up with our needs!?) ;)
        Thanks for sharing! I always look forward to hearing what you have to say!
        xo,
        Carrie

  10. kim mcintosh permalink
    February 17, 2011 11:21 am

    I can’t believe these have been around since 1987!!! But I’ve only heard of them in the last few months.

  11. February 17, 2011 4:17 pm

    I learned that feminine products haven’t been sterilized! Eek!

  12. February 17, 2011 4:19 pm

    I ‘liked’ the Keeper on FB (I’m sure my MIL is ALL over that one!)

  13. February 17, 2011 4:27 pm

    I already subscribe in my reader!

  14. February 17, 2011 4:28 pm

    I like you on FB already!

  15. February 17, 2011 4:32 pm

    Your badge is up on my blog! http://www.uniquelynormalmom.com/

  16. February 17, 2011 4:34 pm

    Following The Keeper on Twitter! uniquelynormal1

  17. February 17, 2011 4:35 pm

    Following you on Twitter! uniquelynormal1

  18. February 17, 2011 4:36 pm

    Checked out the interesting facts!

  19. February 17, 2011 4:39 pm

    Also looked at the Q&A!

  20. February 17, 2011 4:41 pm

    I already participated in the poll, does that count? :-)

  21. February 17, 2011 4:48 pm

    I learned that With proper care (ex: no contact with harsh chemicals), THE KEEPER has a potential life expectancy of up to 10 years! Awesome!

  22. February 17, 2011 4:48 pm

    I already like you on fb!

  23. February 17, 2011 4:49 pm

    I like The Keeper on fb!

  24. Michelle permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:33 pm

    I learned that TSS has been linked to tampons because they absorb fluid, but since The Keeper does not, TSS has never been linked to it. Would be interested to try one…

  25. Michelle permalink
    February 17, 2011 6:37 pm

    I checked out the facts on the keeper website. Very, very interesting indeed!

  26. Heidi permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:22 pm

    I find it disturbing that the FDA doesn’t require the ingredients of pads/tampons to be on the box. Considering this is something that comes in direct contact with intimate areas, one would think this would be a requirement!

    I use cloth pads – started right before I got pregnant. I, too, just ordered some organic bamboo velour ones as well. It’s weird to say that I actually don’t mind getting my period now! I have also noticed that my periods aren’t quite as heavy when I use cloth. Weird, I know – but super useful for me since I have endometriosis!

    I would love to try the Keeper. I tried a Moon Cup before, but I am somewhat sensitive to latex and it didn’t go so well!

    • Heidi permalink
      February 17, 2011 7:28 pm

      Totally got that backwards… :-) Moon cup is silicon, not the Keeper. However, might need a different size now that I’m post partum!

  27. Heidi permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:24 pm

    I just “liked” the Keeper on FB. I’m sure it will raise some eyebrows as it comes up people’s newsfeeds!

  28. Heidi permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:25 pm

    Already a fan of Oh Baby O on FB!

  29. Heidi permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:25 pm

    Checked out the FAQ on the Keeper site.

  30. Heidi permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:26 pm

    Checked out the Keeper’s Interesting Facts.

  31. Heidi permalink
    February 17, 2011 7:27 pm

    Just voted in your poll!

  32. Jessica permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:38 am

    I visited the Keeper site and learned that the average woman uses 250 to 300 pounds of sanitary items in her lifetime- crazy!

  33. Jessica permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:39 am

    I checked out the Keeper FAQ as well:)

  34. Jessica permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:40 am

    aaaand I read the Interesting Facts about the keeper- very interesting!

  35. HeatherM permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:25 pm

    i learned that the keeper can be used for 10 years!

  36. HeatherM permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:27 pm

    i follow the keeper on twitter @1589m

  37. HeatherM permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:27 pm

    i follow ohbabyo on twitter @1589m

  38. HeatherM permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:29 pm

    i voted in your poll:)

  39. HeatherM permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:32 pm

    i checked out the interesting facts and learned that the keeper and the moon cup are the only menstrual cups made in the USA

  40. HeatherM permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:32 pm

    i checked out the FAQ and learned that the keeper is not associated with TSS

  41. February 19, 2011 5:05 pm

    Such a great giveaway, I love all the money that it shows you save while saving the environment! :-)

  42. February 19, 2011 9:14 pm

    The average woman uses 250 to 300 pounds of sanitary items in her lifetime, wow.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

  43. Shanea permalink
    February 20, 2011 2:51 pm

    They have been around since 1987- so cool!

  44. Shanea permalink
    February 20, 2011 2:51 pm

    I like OBO on Fb!

  45. Shanea permalink
    February 20, 2011 2:52 pm

    I follow OBO!

  46. Shanea permalink
    February 20, 2011 2:54 pm

    I follow OBO on Twitter!

  47. Shanea permalink
    February 20, 2011 2:55 pm

    The Keeper is Made in the USA!

  48. Shanea permalink
    February 20, 2011 2:56 pm

    There is no regulation of the material used in tampons- hey regulate coffee filters more! Wow!

  49. February 22, 2011 1:27 pm

    I commented on a couple of other non-giveaway posts. :-)

  50. Amanda permalink
    February 24, 2011 7:36 pm

    I learned that you can wear Moon Cup and The Keeper overnight.

  51. February 28, 2011 5:30 pm

    Yesterday’s tweet (forgot to put it on here!)

  52. March 2, 2011 11:51 am

    they have a 3 mo guarantee, that’s great!

  53. March 2, 2011 11:54 am

    follow blog

  54. March 2, 2011 11:55 am

    like obo on fb

  55. March 2, 2011 11:56 am

    like obo on twitter

  56. March 2, 2011 11:56 am

    interesting fact… first one came out in 1987

  57. March 2, 2011 12:00 pm
  58. March 2, 2011 12:04 pm

    voted

  59. March 2, 2011 12:06 pm

    I didn’t know that pads and tampons are not sterile. Eep!

  60. March 2, 2011 12:07 pm

    I like OBO on FB

  61. March 2, 2011 12:08 pm

    Voted in the poll

  62. March 2, 2011 12:09 pm

    Follow OBO on twitter.

  63. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:46 pm

    I learned that the Keeper has a life expectancy of 10 years!

  64. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:47 pm

    follow the keeper on twitter
    @green_twiggy

  65. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:49 pm

    subscribe by email

  66. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:50 pm

    like oh baby o on fb
    Tannis W

  67. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:52 pm

    interesting fact:
    FDA does not require that the ingredients in tampons and pads be listed anywhere in or on the package.

  68. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:53 pm

    From the Keeper FAQ:
    They have a 3 month no questions asked return policy!

  69. Tannis permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:57 pm

    completed the poll on your page

  70. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:02 am

    I learned that pads and tampons are not sterilized. This product has really piqued my interest.
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  71. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:05 am

    I like the keeper on fb Shawna Pridelandmama
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  72. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:05 am

    I subscribe via email
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  73. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:07 am

    I like you on fb Shawna Pridelandmama
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  74. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:07 am

    I like you on twitter @pridelandmama
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  75. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:08 am

    I like keeper on twitter @pridelandmama
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  76. pridelandmama permalink
    March 3, 2011 2:09 am

    tweeted

    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

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