I have known about this wonderful invention for awhile now and can say it has made my life heaven for a period.
The Keeper is medical grade natural rubber, or silicone in another variety. It is a device to be inserted, instead of a tampon, rather than soaking up your menstrual blood and drying out your cooch it collects it to be dumped out. Also who wants to end up with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)? Check out the link for more details. This reduces an amazing ton of waste every month for women. The packaging, the cotton, whatever weird crap they make tampons or pads out of. Seriously the blue stuff in the pads I have seen freaks me out a bit, what exactly is that highly absorbent?
*Although most women think pads and tampons have been sterilized, they have not. In fact, no feminine hygiene product has been sterilized.
*FDA does not require that the ingredients in tampons and pads be listed anywhere in or on the package.
Rather than subject myself to the costs of buying, unwrapping, carrying around all that "jazz."
I have been using the keeper cup size B, which is the size for those who haven't given vaginal birth. They make a size A is for women having given birth, though the size difference looks negligible it probably doesn't feel that way. I almost wish they made a size for the slightly virginal, as it can take a bit to get used to it. Of course if you are actually and entirely virginal there are always Gladrags, fitted cloth pads.
Slightly uncomfortable topic? YES but I wanted to let you all know that there is a better way to deal every month with mother nature. And she will probably be more kind to you if you protect her with your choice to use reusable feminine hygiene products.
According to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999. Who wants to go to the beach!?