The Saalt Cup is a reusable soft silicone cup worn internally like a tampon, but collects—rather than absorbs—your period. It stays in place by creating a seal between the cup and your vaginal wall. Once your cup is filled, you simply empty, rinse, and reinsert the cup for another 12 hours of protection. Heel clicks and hallelujahs!
Menstrual are a wonderful zero waste alternative to tampons or pads for anyone who menstruates. The cups dramatically reduce your risk for TSS and your environmental footprint. Plus, the average menstruator spends $120 on tampons and pads every year. Pick up one of these and it'll last you for years.
We chose Saalt as our brand of choice because their cups are one of the most comfortable out there plus they are made right here in the USA and are more affordable than other brands out there! Wins all around!
Check out the sizes tab of this page for guidance on choosing the right size for your cup!
Most people can probably use either size of cup, but one might be more comfortable, based on the information below. You might like to try a duo pack, for your light and heavy days, or just to have a spare.
- 2 to 3 tampons capacity
- Best for those with a lighter flow
- Recommended for those who...
- have a low to medium cervix (those who can feel their cervix with less than 2 knuckles of the pointer finger inserted into your vaginal canal) during their period
- are first time cup users or haven't comfortably inserted anything into their vagina.
- have strong pelvic floor muscles
- are younger (teens) or are very petite
- 3 to 4 tampons capacity
- Best for those with a heavy flow
- Recommended for those who...
- have a high cervix (if you can't feel your cervix with your pointer finger inserted into your vaginal canal, or you need to insert your finger past 2 knuckles) during their period
- have given birth vaginally or carried a pregnancy to term
Use and care
Basic steps are included below, but we recommend you follow the more detailed guide (with diagrams) that is included in the box to learn how to insert, use, remove, store and care for your menstrual cup.
- Wash your cup with gentle soap, and boil to sanitize before first use.
- Your cup folds before insertion (see guide in the box for folding techniques), and pops open once inserted to create a seal, preventing leaks.
- Pinch the base of the cup and give it a spin to check if it's fully open - it should spin easily if it is. Your cup should sit a little lower than a tampon, just below your cervix. Wear up to 12 hours, even while sleeping.
- To remove, pinch the middle of the cup to break the seal around the top, and gently pull it out to empty it (usually right into the toilet).
- Rinse and wash your cup with a gentle soap and water after each emptying; store in included cloth pouch or another breathable container.
- Boil between periods to sanitize, using tongs to ensure it doesn't touch the bottom of the pot.
100% premium medical grade silicone.
FDA registered and compliant.
Free of BPA, latex and chemicals.
Does not release chemicals or irritants.
Informative recyclable paper tube with a clear recyclable plastic window at the top.
Made in the USA and distributed by Saalt.
Saalt started with a phone call that co-founder Cherie made to an aunt in Venezuela, where pads and tampons had not been available in stores for years. She immediately thought of her 5 daughters and what she would do if she found herself in the same situation. The dependence she and others had on disposables kept her up at night.
Saalt believes that people empowered and equipped to live their element can change the world. As a certified B Corporation, they commit 2% of their revenue to donate period care to regions with the most need, and help fund initiatives in menstrual health, education, and sustainability.
End of life
Menstrual cups can last up to 10 years. When you're ready to move on to the next, check with your local recycling facility to see if they accept silicone for recycling. If they don't, we will be adding information here soon about where we recommend sending silicone products for recycling!