Questions & Answers
We suggest that you talk with your personal physician, OB/GYN, or other health care provider concerning medical questions about THE MOON CUP.
How does THE MOON CUP menstrual cup work ... how does it stay in place?
THE MOON CUP is designed to catch your menstrual flow rather than absorb it. Its bell shape allows THE MOON CUP to fit snuggly and comfortably up against your vaginal walls, below but not touching your cervix. The rim is designed to help create a suction that keeps THE MOON CUP in place and collects your menstrual flow inside of it. The small holes around the rim are to help release the suction when you remove the cup.
THE MOON CUP is a simple device and is simple to use.
What is the MOON CUP made from?
The MOON CUP is made from medical grade silicone (non-latex).
Who makes THE MOON CUP?
THE MOON CUP is manufactured in the U.S.A. (Ohio) by THE KEEPER, Inc.
How long has THE MOON CUP been available?
THE MOON CUP first came on the market in 2006.
Has THE MOON CUP been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?
Yes. The FDA in the U.S.A. has approved THE MOON CUP.
Has Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) been an issue with the Moon Cup?
No. The Moon Cup is a relatively new product. But, it is known that most of the cases of TSS that were tied to menstrual products occurred because tampons absorb menstrual fluid. We therefore think it is safe to assume that there will be no such problem with The Moon Cup, since it is non-absorbent.
Isn't THE MOON CUP a little expensive?
Comparatively speaking, no. Most other forms of feminine protection cost anywhere from $4.00 to $7.00 each month. The average cost of THE MOON CUP is only pennies per month over its useful life!
Is it comfortable? It looks so big.
At first you may notice THE MOON CUP, but once you get used to it (usually during your first day of use), you will not be aware of its presence.
Is using a MOON CUP messy?
No, not once you get comfortable with it. In the beginning, you need to become accustomed to removing and emptying your MOON CUP. If the suction seal is not properly released before you remove the cup, it can sometimes be messy. Once you learn to release the cup properly, there should not be any problem. Pulling THE MOON CUP out too fast or by tipping it at too steep an angle could cause some messiness. Again, once you get some practice removing and emptying THE MOON CUP, things should be fine. Just remove the cup slowly and as close to straight down (with minimal tipping) as possible.
Will THE MOON CUP leak?
No, THE MOON CUP itself does not leak. However, there are conditions that could cause leakage. If the cup has not been inserted properly or if something has caused the cup to move out of place, some leakage may occur.
Will I be able to feel THE MOON CUP when it is inside?
Not if it has been properly inserted. If you do feel it, then it has probably not been inserted in the correct position and is too close to the vaginal opening. Adjust or reinsert THE MOON CUP slightly higher in the vaginal cavity. Remember, the entire stem remains outside of your body.
Is it possible for THE MOON CUP to get lost inside of me?
Does THE MOON CUP touch or come close to the cervix?
How often should THE MOON CUP be emptied?
You never want anything to stay in your body for an extended length of time without removing it. THE MOON CUP should be emptied and rinsed at least every 8 to 12 hours. Empty it more often if you are experiencing a heavy menstrual flow.
Can THE MOON CUP be worn overnight?
When I urinate or have a bowel movement, do I need to remove my MOON CUP?
No. However, you may find your MOON CUP has traveled down closer to the entrance of your vagina if you push your muscles harder than normal. So, the cup may need to be readjusted after urination or a bowel movement.
What if I need to empty my MOON CUP in a public restroom?
First, wash your hands. You may find it useful to take a wet paper towel into the stall with you. Remove, empty, and wipe THE MOON CUP before reinserting (you may use toilet tissue to do this). Then, use the wet paper towel to wipe off your fingers. Wash your hands again before leaving the restroom.
Can I wear THE MOON CUP during intercourse?
No. THE MOON CUP is positioned below the cervix and at the vaginal opening, so it would interfere with intercourse.
I sometimes use my diaphragm for menstrual protection. Does THE MOON CUP work as a method of birth control?
No. THE MOON CUP is NOT like a diaphragm and CANNOT be used as a method of birth control.
Can a virgin use THE MOON CUP?
Yes, it would be much like a tampon. However, if you have strong personal feelings about keeping the hymen "intact," you may not want to use THE MOON CUP. Please check with your personal physician for advice.
I have a tilted uterus, so can I use THE MOON CUP?
I am physically active and very involved in sports. Can I wear THE MOON CUP?
Absolutely! Many women who are active in sports find THE MOON CUP very convenient and effective.
May I wear THE MOON CUP while swimming?
How large is THE MOON CUP?
Size/Style B is:
1-5/8 inches wide
2-1/8 inches long, not counting the stem
Size/Style A is:
1-3/4 inches wide
2-1/8 inches long, not counting the stem
Can IUD users use a MOON CUP?
Yes, they can. But we suggest that you speak with your own personal physician, OB/GYN, or other health care provider when you have concerns about using THE MOON CUP.
What about possible infection?
A few women have found that their MOON CUP aggravated a urinary tract infection. Please check with your health care provider.
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 clean your MOON CUP is to simply clean it with warm soapy water. You may also soak your cup for a few minutes in a solution of one part vinegar in nine parts water (a 10% vinegar solution). However, do not soak your cup in this solution for more than a few minutes, as that can damage it and reduce its useful life. You may use a small, soft brush and a mild soap to gently clean THE MOON CUP before putting it away in its cloth bag until your next period.
How do I order a MOON CUP?
To order THE MOON CUP, visit our " Ordering Online " page.
If you have a question we have not covered please use one of the following 3 ways to contact us:
- Write to us : The Keeper, Inc., PO Box 20023 , Cincinnati , OH 45220
- Fax us : 1-513-221-1464
- Email us : email@example.com