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SAALT CUP

The Saalt Cup is a reusable cup made of soft silicone that is worn internally like a tampon, but collects—rather than absorbs—your menstrual flow. Naturally odorless, biocompatible, and chemical free, the Saalt Cup is a healthy and sustainable alternative to pads and tampons. Because it has 3 to 4 times the capacity of a regular tampon, you can wear it for up to 12 hours before emptying. Yes, that means you only have to change it twice a day, and can sleep with it in. Once inserted, the Saalt Cup’s flexible design molds to your internal shape so you can comfortably wear it to hike, swim, or just relax. 

The Saalt menstrual Cup is made of 100% medical-grade silicone and dyes that are BPA, latex, and chemical free, and have been tested to ensure biocompatibility.

The Saalt Cup is made of durable silicone that can last up to 10 years with proper care. If your cup is ripped or torn, or the silicone is showing visible signs of wear or deterioration, it’s time to replace your cup.

The size small Saalt Cup conveniently holds 25 mL of fluid (3xs the amount of a regular tampon), and the size regular holds 30 mL (4xs the amount of a regular tampon). To compare, the very largest tampons max out at 18 mL of fluid.

Glad you asked. There are several factors that play a role in choosing a size. Some women use the small cup for lighter flows and the regular size for heavier flows. The small cup might also be best fit for those with a lower cervix, and the regular cup for those with a higher cervix. See our Size Guide for additional guidelines to consider when choosing a size.

Say no to uncomfortable stems! The Saalt Cup’s stem is designed to be soft and comfortable so you can keep it to help locate the cup. Depending on how you wear your Saalt Cup, you may decide to trim off part or all of the stem. If you do, trim on one of the indentations. Never trim the stem while your Saalt Cup is inserted. Make sure you know the desired length before trimming. Take care not to cut or scratch any part of the cup when trimming to avoid unwanted tearing of the cup.

INSERTING AND POSITIONING

The Saalt Cup fits comfortably inside your vaginal canal and stays in place when a suction seal is formed between the outside of the cup and the walls of your vagina. When inserted properly, it will rest naturally; you won't even notice it’s there. And while it’s very unusual for the cup to fill up, don’t worry, if it does, it won’t overflow or fall out.

We recommend using water as a lubricant, however, if you still feel the need to use a lubricant to aid insertion, be sure to use a product that is safe for vaginal use.

The Saalt Cup should sit lower than a tampon in the vaginal canal, well below the cervix. When positioned correctly, it should fit comfortably, and be leak and sensation free. For some people with strong pelvic muscles or a high cervix, the cup may naturally find its way higher in the vaginal canal during use. This isn’t a problem, so long as it doesn’t cause leaking or discomfort, which can come from positioning the cup too high, creating pressure against the cervix. It may also take a little more effort to remove. If you are leaking or sensing discomfort, try removing and reinserting it lower. If you have consistent problems, you may need to try a different size or try reinserting your cup using a different fold or angle (towards your tailbone, not straight upward). High, low, or tilted cervix? Click here.

CLEANING AND CARE

Your Saalt Cup can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying. We recommend emptying it morning and night. Of course, you know your body best. On days that you have a heavier flow, you might find you need to remove and empty more frequently.

See Before First Use for how to clean your cup right out of the box. During your cycle, remove the cup (always use clean hands) and rinse first using cold water, then wash using warm water and mild soap. Rinse again to completely remove any soap. Your Saalt Cup is then ready to reinsert.

After your cycle, rinse your Saalt Cup first in cold water to help avoid discoloration and odor. Then wash thoroughly using our all-natural Saalt Wash or hot water and mild soap.  Avoid strong cleaners or anything that may irritate your skin if not completely washed off. Use a soft rag to wipe away any buildup. Clear the four holes at the top of your Saalt Cup by passing water through the holes or using a disposable toothpick. You can choose to disinfect your Saalt Cup between cycles by placing it in a pot of boiling water for 4–5 minutes (but not more than 7 min). Use tongs to make sure the cup doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot. You may also sanitize your Saalt Cup between cycles by wiping it with a soft rag and 70% isopropyl alcohol after thoroughly rinsing in water.

To prevent discoloration, always rinse your cup first with cold water after emptying. Though silicone can become discolored over time, your Saalt menstrual cup is still good to use.

If it’s inconvenient to get to the sink in a public restroom, simply wipe your cup with toilet paper or wet wipe and reinsert it. If you prefer to rinse your cup, you might consider carrying a small water bottle or squirt bottle in your bag to use on-the-go. The most important thing to remember is to always handle your cup during insertion and removal with clean hands. Later, you can choose to wash your cup more thoroughly.

LIFESTYLE

Healthy living is a pretty big deal here at Saalt, so kudos to you for keeping active. Because the Saalt Cup was designed to fit snugly inside your vaginal canal, you can maintain the same level of activity that you do when you’re not menstruating. Go ahead and swim, dance and veg free of bulky pads or dangling strings.

We totally dig that. Fortunately, the tight suction seal created by the cup should allow you to breeze through those asanas, no problem.

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage it. Tampon fibers absorb water, bacteria, and chemicals while swimming that can become hospitable toward microbial growth, and increase the risk of infection and TSS. The Saalt Cup forms a tight seal that creates a barrier between you and the water and still prevents you from leaking. So if you want to avoid soggy tampons and harmful chemicals, you’ll love the Saalt Cup.

Well someone had to ask! Unfortunately, no. You’ll need to remove your cup before sex.

HEALTH CONCERNS

Though using your Saalt Cup with an IUD or contraceptive ring should be no problem, we recommend talking with your medical professional before use. Some cup users find that it is more comfortable if the strings on their IUD are trimmed shorter prior to using their cup.

The short answer is that getting TSS from a menstrual cup is possible, but highly unlikely. A fibrous and saturated tampon left inside the vagina can create a breeding ground for bacteria, which can then enter the bloodstream via micro tearing that occurs with continual insertion and removal (especially with dry tampons). Because your cup collects rather than absorbs blood flow without leaving fibrous or chemical residue, using a menstrual cup poses far less risk. To minimize your risk, always wash your hands before and after handling your Saalt Cup, clean your cup thoroughly between periods, and consider emptying your cup more frequently. Consult your doctor before using a menstrual cup if you’ve previously been diagnosed with TSS.

Of course! The Saalt Cup is made of 100% medical grade silicone that is blissfully latex, BPA, and chemical free.

Rest easy—you can comfortably use the Saalt Cup with a high, low, or tilted/retroverted cervix. In fact, the location of the cervix may change naturally throughout a woman’s cycle. If your cervix is higher, your cup may find its way higher in the vaginal canal during use. This isn’t a problem, so long as it doesn’t cause leaking or discomfort, which can come from positioning the cup too high, creating pressure against the cervix. It may also take a little more effort to remove. For those with a low cervix, the size small Saalt Cup may be your most comfortable option, and you can choose to trim off the stem if needed. If your cervix is tilted, be sure to take some time to find which angle will suit you best when your Saalt Cup is inserted.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

Consider removing your cup while straddling a toilet or while in the shower, especially your first time. Always remove by pinching the base of the cup and wiggling as you pull. Never pull on the stem alone. Wiggle back and forth while removing, pulling out the top of the rim first, keeping cup upright to avoid spilling, then remove the bottom of the rim. If you can't reach your cup when it is inserted, relax. The cup cannot get lost inside the vagina; sometimes it may sit higher up and be hard to reach (this can happen at night). To lower the cup, use your pelvic muscles to bear down on the cup, moving it lower. Squatting in the shower also helps bring the cup down. Once in reach, grasp lower base of cup, pinch, wiggle and gently pull it out. You may also just continue to move around and gravity will naturally move the cup back down to its normal position. Try again to remove it after 30 minutes..

When your cup is inserted correctly, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort or leaking. First check the position. Saalt Cup sits lower in the vagina than a tampon. If it is too high or too close to the cervix, it can leak or cause discomfort and cramping. Use your vaginal muscles to bear the cup down to a lower position. Your vagina has a natural slant, so make sure the cup is inserted to match the natural slant of your vaginal canal. Leaking can also be caused by

a poor suction seal. Make sure the four air holes are not clogged and that the cup has fully opened. Swirl a finger around the base of the cup to check for any folds or indentations. Pinch the base of the cup and rotate it to make sure it is opened completely. If leaking persists or you cannot obtain a good suction seal, consider using the size regular Saalt Cup instead of the size small Saalt Cup. Most importantly keep trying small adjustments, everyone is different. 

Wipe or rinse your labia after insertion to prevent spotting. Spotting can also be caused by blood left in vagina after inserting. After inserting your Saalt Cup, swirl your finger around the cup to remove any excess blood, then wash your hands. You can supplement your Saalt Cup with a pad or liner while you are learning to use it or on your heaviest days.

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