The Keela Cup – The Most Eagerly Awaited Menstrual Cup Release…now a Saga.
The Keela Cup made waves when the company introduced a reusable menstrual cup with a pull stem that breaks the cup’s seal with your vaginal walls, often one of the trickiest parts of cup removal. The stem allows users to break the cup’s seal with an easy, one-handed movement that collapses the side of the cup with a downward pull.
The Keela cup is the first cup designed to be easy to remove in this way, solving an issue many cup users have with breaking the seal of their menstrual cup. Instead of pinching the bottom of a slippery menstrual cup, users can put a finger through the loop or grasp the pull cord and break the cup’s seal in an easy motion that happens lower in the vaginal canal.
After some redesign that included the addition of the stem-loop and a color change, the Keela Cup has an estimated September ship date and is currently available for preorder on the Keela Cup website. This cup is all about accessibility and meeting the needs of all menstruators. As an Occupational Therapist, I think this is amazing.
Like many others, I backed the kickstarter and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of both size cups. I’ll be sure to put them to use right away and give you a thorough Keela Cup review!
Why is this possibly the most anticipated cup? Most menstrual cups have the same basic design: cup body + stem. While the stem can be trimmed and has different shapes and firmnesses, the Keela cup has the first stem that actually operates the cup. This functional stem has the potential to help persons who have difficulty removing a menstrual cup, persons who can only use one hand to remove their cup and individuals with high cervix cup needs.
The Keela Cup is available in two sizes (images from Keela Cup):
Keela Cup Size A: Volume 22 ml / Diameter 43 mm / Cup Length 46 mm / Total Length (Cup + Stem) 74 mm (2.91 inches)
Keela Cup Size B: Volume 30 ml / Diameter 46 mm / Cup Length 53 mm / Total Length (Cup + Stem) 81 mm (3.19 inches)
The Keela Cup is 100% medical grade silicone and is latex free, BPA free, vegan and hypoallergenic. The website also notes that the stem is customizable and adjustable. This means that the stem can be worn at different lengths. As you can see in the first photo it’s in it’s longest state, actually collapsing the side of the cup. However, in the images above the stem is much shorter and exposes just the loop. This offers so many possibilities for menstruators because as you know, our vaginas are different lengths and your cup length greatly depends on your cervix height.
On August 23rd the company sent out an e-mail with the subject “another setback” and notes that they don’t have the parts to do shipping until the end of September. I’m not sure what that means but the new projected arrival date is, according to the brand, ” around October 15th for U.S. customers, and closer to October 30th for overseas orders.” I’m eagerly awaiting my keela cup!
Find Keela Cup on Facebook here.
*** Latest Update – the takeover ***
After many e-mails detailing setbacks and delays, the final e-mail?
In the latest update, Keela Cup announced a merger with the Flex company, who makes the Flex Disc. However, consumers are getting a mixed message.
The Flex company describes the same relationship as an “acquisition” and details it as what sounds like a takeover. We saw we wanted, we purchased. It’s ours now, is the message being sent to consumers.
In a stunning article where Flex knocks possibly the most popular menstrual cup ever, the Diva Cup, the Flex Company announces that it has a better design than the Diva before the Keela Cup, now named the Flex Cup, has even hit the market. A little presumptuous?
What do kickstarter patrons get?
According to Keela we will still get the blue cups we purchased. Flex is advertising a black cup and I’m not sure if the silicone will be the same or if we’re getting a totally different product.
Flex has not responded to my request on Instagram for more information. Image below is from their website.
Response from the public is not good.
In what appears to be a takeover of the Keela cup, kickstarter backers who felt as though they were backing both the inventor and a dream have reported that they are now at a loss. What do you do when a large brand takes over the start up project you backed?
“I’ll never back another kickstarter after Keela cup again.” One reader remarked. “If Flex wanted to help the Keela cup out why didn’t they fund the cup instead of buying and announcing a takeover?”
It doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t look good and the comments are not good.
What do you think?
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