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A redesigned menstrual cup to make life easier. Designed with a patented pull string stem, changing out your cup is as easy as a tampon.
A redesigned menstrual cup to make life easier. Designed with a patented pull string stem, changing out your cup is as easy as a tampon.
1,077 backers pledged $55,808 to help bring this project to life.

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Keela Cup - The First Menstrual Cup with a Pull String

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Menstrual cups are better for the environment, save you money over time, and can be worn for up to 12 hours continuously. However, they're not usually described as easy to use.

Featuring a patented pullstring stem, the Keela Cup makes changing out your cup as easy as removing a tampon

We spent six months listening and designing an easier-to-use menstrual cup. Check out what makes Keela different below, and know that supporting this project is supporting innovation towards products that you care about! 

 

 

 

 

 

Sizing is simple. If you are under 30 years of age, we recommend our A size (our smaller cup). If you are over 30 or if you have carried a pregnancy, we recommend our B size.  

For the number conscious among us, here's some more technical details of our cups:

 

  

We are on a mission to improve sexual and reproductive health products through inclusive design, but we need your help to bring this innovative product to market. 

If you believe there should be more choices for menstrual health solutions, please back our project. 

Our goal has financial hurdles to overcome. Did you know that menstrual cups are medical devices? That means that we need to raise funds to pay for Good Manufacturing Practices at an FDA registered facility. We also need to pay for testing to ensure you get safe, effective cups. 

We're in this together and your support means so much to us.

Claim any of our cool rewards or purchase a cup or a set of cups! 

 

If you believe in supporting innovation in the products you care about, take a moment to support us. 

Not ready to pledge? Take our brief, anonymous survey to help us make our campaign stronger. We're a listening company and we want to hear from you. 

 

If we are fully funded on Kickstarter, we will ship in May. Andy has over ten years experience shipping medical device and healthcare products, and we are confident in this timeline:

 

Our design philosophy is: "solving a huge problem for some can mean solving an inconvenience for everyone else". We believe in inclusive design.

Our cup came about because Jane, the founder, was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder characterized by joint instability. EDS makes it tricky for Jane to do lots of stuff, including using a cup. She set out to make something better for people like her (and in the process everyone else, too). 

Along the way, we made hundreds of home-made prototypes to find out what really works. See some of our process! 

 

 

We launched Keela to create smarter solutions for women and folks regardless of gender who use these products. We feel strongly that there should be more attention and money and time spent on developing these products. Unfortunately, most engineers are men focused on the products they use. We see things differently, and we are on a mission to make the products you use better! 

These are some principles we live by: 

Accessible

Human

Supportive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

Jane is a former hairdresser, which makes her an expert listener. She was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder characterized by joint instability. EDS makes it tricky for Jane to do lots of stuff, including using a cup. She set out to make something better for people like her (and everyone else, too). This is her first patent.

Andy is a seasoned medical device designer whose work has been covered in the New York Times, CNN, CBS, and WIRED. He’s proud to facilitate woman-driven design to create better products for menstrual and reproductive health. This is his 8th patent and second Kickstarter. His first shipped successfully and grew into a sustainable business (and thousands of products for free to K-12 schools and global health programs.

 

 If you have questions, reach out to us on Facebook, @KeelaCup. We respond in a couple of hours. 

If you believe in making menstrual health products better, contribute here or share this project on Facebook. Again, your support means so much to us. 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Shape, size options, and color may change. We may offer different colors for different sizes. These options have not yet been finalized.

Medical grade hydrophobic coating - we're testing this feature now and anticipating that it will benefit the product. If user testing reveals that there is little to no added benefit, we may exclude it from the final design.

We want to hear from you whether or not an applicator or remover tool would be useful, as we have prototyped tools for these functions as well. If there is a need, we can make these pieces stretch goals.

We are still in the process of finalizing our design, and the prioritization of user testing means that we may experience delays. We feel that our product is close to market ready, which is why we've chosen May as our anticipated date of release, but we will let you know if this needs to change.

We are confident that with Andy's ten years experience making medical devices that we can hit our timeline and we are really excited about the tremendous progress to date, making our first molded cups.

We know you want to buy a cup that that works well and is easy and comfortable to use. We appreciate your support and openness to the changes that need to be made to make this the best it can be.

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    Best Pin Ever

    A little flare to show that you support inclusive design. Featuring our mascot drawn by Nomi Kane.

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    Thank You Card

    A thank you card featuring art by the ever-talented Nomi Kane. Nomi designed the amazing instructional insert for the cup, and is routinely featured in the New Yorker for her witty cartoons.

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    Keela Mug

    You don't even need a uterus to use this vessel. A well made mug featuring our logo. Maybe you don't need a cup, but you still want to support us. Thank you!

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    Early Bird 2-Pack A+B

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    2 A-sized cups, so you can keep one at home and one in your bag (or save $35 with a friend!!!)

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Funding period

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