A lot of friends who I have turned on to The Keeper or Moon Cup have had trouble using the cup at first. There should be no problem if you do it right, so I hope this little instructable will help as this is a very sustainable solution to our monthly blessing.
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Step 1: Before Using the Keeper
This piece is important because if it is too long it will be uncomfortable, but if it is too short or cut off completely it will not be as easy to get a grip on to remove the cup.
One of my friends cut this piece off entirely before using it, this can be scary because, especially for a first time user you will have to push down with your muscles to help to push the cup out far enough to get a grip on the bottom of it. With the little piece sticking out it is easy to grab and pull down on.
So just cut off enough so that you can still get a good grip on it, but will not get poked by it. Start cutting off less rather than more and see how it feels.
Step 2: Folding the Cup
Step 3: Folding
Step 4: Inserting the Cup
Sitting over the toilet, spread your legs open, hold your labia open with one hand and quickly push the folded cup in with the other. It will open up and create a vacuum.
Push it up a little until it sits comfortably. If you try to push it in too far you will soon know when to stop and if you don't push it in at all it will be very uncomfortable as well.
Don't be scared that it will stretch out your muscles or anything, actually it can help to work them out ;-)
Step 5: Removing the Cup
Get in the same position on the toilet as you were in to insert the cup. Pull down on the gripping bit of the cup mentioned earlier. I always get nervous here that the vacuum created by the cup will have a suction so great that my uterus will come out as well. This never happens. But I recommend pulling down gently, not with a vicious twist.
As soon as the base of the cup can be gripped use that to pull down with. Slip one edge of the cup out first and then the next. This menstrual fluid is great fertilizer for plants so I usually try not to waste it by dumping it in the toilet, but some people are grossed out by this.
Step 6: Cleaning the Cup
When done with your period for the month, give the cup a good wash with soap and warm water and let it dry. Put it back in it's bag for the next month.
If you think the cup smells you can soak it in vinegar and water to clean it up. The only reason that I had to get a new cup was because the little gripping bit was starting to come off and I had had it for 15 years, so it seemed it was a good time to get a new one.