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Saalt Cup Sizes and Models

The Saalt Cup is a menstrual cup that is manufactured in USA. It is made of Silicon and comes in 4 different sizes/models:
Saalt Cup
Small
42 mm
70 mm
45 mm
24 mm
19 ml
25 ml
2.5 /5
3.5 /5
3.5 /5
Saalt Cup
Regular
47 mm
70 mm
52 mm
18 mm
27 ml
35 ml
2 /5
3.5 /5
3.5 /5
Saalt Cup
(Soft) Small
42 mm
70 mm
45 mm
24 mm
19 ml
25 ml
2 /5
2.5 /5
2.5 /5
Saalt Cup
(Soft) Regular
47 mm
70 mm
52 mm
18 mm
27 ml
35 ml
2 /5
3 /5
3 /5
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Introduction

The Saalt Cup launched in 2018 and is made in the USA. Their FDA registration has been kept up to date and the cups jumped to the top of the popularity list fairly quickly. It can be easily found in big chain stores in the USA or worldwide at a local pharmacy, chemist, or specialty health store, as well as online for $29 per single cup or $47 USD for a dual pack.

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Model 1: Saalt Menstrual Cup – Size Small | Review

What’s included:

When purchasing the original small-sized Saalt Cup, you will receive the shortest and narrowest cup in the firmer version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a cylindrical box.

Who is it meant for?

According to the Saalt Company, the size small is meant for individuals with light to normal flow, is a new user, and/or has a low cervix.  They also state that while flow and cervix height is important, you may also consider using this size if you are a younger person or very petite, or if you have not comfortably inserted anything in your vagina before.

The original version is the firmer cup of the two firmness levels that they offer.  This firmness is suggested for individuals who are using a cup for the first time, who are physically active or those who have a strong pelvic floor.

Personally, as a medium to high cervix individual, I found the small a little hard to reach.  I was glad that I left the stem intact because I needed to use it to rock my cup down before I could pinch the base.  I’ve heard of similar cases for others who also have a medium to high cervix.

The capacity of the small size was only best used when I was spotting or had a very light flow.  Otherwise, I would need to opt for the larger size if my period was moderate to heavy.  Since this cup is short, it would migrate and sit higher around my cervix.  This may have compromised some of the capacity as my cervix sat deeper into the cup and took up some of the space.

Features:

Capacity:  The small Saalt Cup holds 19 ml to the air holes and 25 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a light to moderate flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  While this Saalt is not labeled as a low cervix cup, it is shorter than many average small-sized cups on the market.  It has a rounded body but tapers to a quick point near the stem.

Stem:  The flat tab stem is a solid piece of silicone.  It features notches for grip rings and is an easy guide for trimming.

The stem is of decent length and helped allow me to rock the cup down until I could reach and pinch the base.  It is flexible in all directions and has a good stretch with a short point of resistance.  This made it both comfortable to use untrimmed, as well as helpful in removal.

Rim/s:  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.  The upper rim is slightly softer than the body of the cup which is opposite of the majority of cups on the market.

There has been some chatter on the internet that the softer rim has caused issues with getting the cup to open.  It may need some extra work and/or adjustments during inserting.

Although I didn’t experience this with the small size, I did have some trouble getting the regular size to open on occasion.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features three grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Saalt Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use. The company offers the original Saalt cups in colors Himalayan Pink and Ocean Blue.

Firmness:  The Saalt Cup is considered a medium-firm cup or slightly firmer than medium. As mentioned before, the upper rim is softer than the body which may help prevent some extra pressure.  However, those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may still find it a little too firm.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  The Saalt Cup has flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim.  However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings:  The secondary rim is branded with “saalt” on the outside of the cup.

Colors:

Model 2: Saalt Cup Original Firmness – Size Regular | Review

What’s included:

When purchasing the original regular-sized Saalt Cup, you will receive the longer and wider cup in the firmer version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a cylindrical box.

Who is it meant for?

According to the Saalt Company, the size regular is meant for individuals with a normal to heavy flow, and/or has a high cervix.  They also state that while flow and cervix height is important, you may also consider using this size if you have carried a pregnancy to term.

The original version is the firmer cup of the two firmness levels that they offer.  This firmness is suggested for individuals who are using a cup for the first time, who are physically active or those who have a strong pelvic floor.

Personally, as a medium to high cervix individual, the regular size cup was easier to reach, but not always.  I was glad that I left most of the stem intact because I needed to use it to rock my cup down before I could pinch the base.  I’ve heard similar cases for others who also have a medium to high cervix.

Since this cup is a tad shorter than many other large-sized cups, it would migrate and sit higher around my cervix.  This may have compromised some of the capacity as my cervix sat deeper into the cup and took up some of the space.

Features:

Capacity:  The regular Saalt Cup holds 27 ml to the air holes and 35 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a moderate or heavy flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  While this Saalt is not labeled as a low cervix cup, it is shorter than many average large-sized cups on the market.  It has a rounded body but tapers to a quick point near the stem.

Stem:  The flat tab stem is a solid piece of silicone.  It features notches for grip rings and is an easy guide for trimming.

The stem is of decent length and was helpful in allowing me to rock the cup down until I could reach and pinch the base.  It is flexible in all directions and has a good stretch with a short point of resistance.  This made it both comfortable to use untrimmed (or partially trimmed in my case), as well as helpful in removal.

Rim/s:  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.  The upper rim is slightly softer than the body of the cup which is opposite of the majority of cups on the market.

There has been some chatter on the internet that the softer rim has caused issues with getting the cup to open.  It may need some extra work and/or adjustments during inserting.

Although I didn’t experience this with the small size, I did have some trouble getting the regular size to open on occasion.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features three grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Saalt Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use. The company offers the original Saalt cups in colors Himalayan Pink and Ocean Blue.

Firmness:  The Saalt Cup is considered a medium-firm cup or slightly firmer than medium. As mentioned before, the upper rim is softer than the body which may help prevent some extra pressure.  However, those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may still find it a little too firm.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  The Saalt Cup has flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the topside of the rim.  However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings:  The secondary rim is branded with “saalt” on the outside of the cup.

Colors:

Model 3: Saalt Cup Soft Firmness – Size Small | Review

What’s included:

When purchasing the soft small-sized Saalt Cup, you will receive the shortest and narrowest cup in the softer version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a cylindrical box.

Who is it meant for?

According to the Saalt Company, the size small is meant for individuals with light to normal flow, is a new user, and/or has a low cervix.  They also state that while flow and cervix height is important, you may also consider using this size if you are a younger person or very petite, or if you have not comfortably inserted anything in your vagina before.

The soft version is the softer cup of the two firmness levels that they offer.  This firmness is suggested for individuals who are already experienced in using a cup, or have experienced any of the following with a firmer cup: bladder pressure, difficulty peeing with your cup in, difficulty pooping with your cup in, vaginal sensitivity, or increased cramping.

Personally, as a medium to high cervix individual, I found the small a little hard to reach.  I was glad that I left the stem intact because I needed to use it to rock my cup down before I could pinch the base.  I’ve heard similar cases for others who also have a medium to high cervix.

The capacity of the small size was only best used when I was spotting or had a very light flow.  Otherwise, I would need to opt for the larger size if my period was moderate to heavy.  Since this cup is short, it would migrate and sit higher around my cervix.  This may have compromised some of the capacity as my cervix sat deeper into the cup and took up some of the space.

Because of the rounded body and softer silicone, as well as a softer rim, getting the soft version Saalt Cup to open may need some adjustment.  I found the soft, small Saalt Cup easier to open than the regular size.

Features:

Capacity:  The small Saalt Cup holds 19 ml to the air holes and 25 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a light to moderate flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  While this Saalt is not labeled as a low cervix cup, it is shorter than many average small-sized cups on the market.  It has a rounded body but tapers to a quick point near the stem.

Stem:  The flat tab stem is a solid piece of silicone.  It features notches for grip rings and is an easy guide for trimming.

The stem is of decent length and helped allow me to rock the cup down until I could reach and pinch the base.  It is flexible in all directions and has a good stretch with a short point of resistance.  This made it both comfortable to use untrimmed, as well as helpful in removal.

Rim/s:  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.  The upper rim is slightly softer than the body of the cup which is opposite of the majority of cups on the market.

There has been some chatter on the internet that the softer rim has caused issues with getting the cup to open.  It may need some extra work and/or adjustments during inserting.

Although I didn’t experience this with the small size, I did have some trouble getting the regular size to open on occasion.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features three grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Saalt Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use. The company offers the soft Saalt cups in colors Desert Blush or Mist Grey.

Firmness:  The Saalt Cup is considered a medium-soft cup or slightly softer than medium. As mentioned before, the upper rim is softer than the body which may cause difficulties in getting it to open.  Those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may find this option more comfortable than the Saalt Cup in the original firmness.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  The Saalt Cup has flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim.  However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings:  The secondary rim is branded with “saalt” on the outside of the cup.

Colors:

Model 4: Saalt Cup Soft Firmness – Size Regular | Review

 

What’s included:

When purchasing the soft regular-sized Saalt Cup, you will receive the longer and wider cup in the softer version, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a cylindrical box.

Who is it meant for?

According to the Saalt Company, the size regular is meant for individuals with a normal to heavy flow, and/or has a high cervix.  They also state that while flow and cervix height is important, you may also consider using this size if you have carried a pregnancy to term.

The soft version is the softer cup of the two firmness levels that they offer.  This firmness is suggested for individuals who are already experienced in using a cup, or have experienced any of the following with a firmer cup: bladder pressure, difficulty peeing with your cup in, difficulty pooping with your cup in, vaginal sensitivity, or increased cramping.

Personally, as a medium to high cervix individual, the regular size cup was easier to reach, but not always.  I was glad that I left most of the stem intact because I needed to use it to rock my cup down before I could pinch the base.  I’ve heard similar cases for others who also have a medium to high cervix.

Since this cup is a tad shorter than many other large-sized cups, it would migrate and sit higher around my cervix.  This may have compromised some of the capacity as my cervix sat deeper into the cup and took up some of the space.

Because of the rounded body and softer silicone, as well as a softer rim, getting the soft version Saalt Cup to open may need some adjustment.

Features:

Capacity:  The regular-size Saalt Cup holds 27 ml to the air holes and 35 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a moderate to a heavy flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  While this Saalt is not labeled as a low cervix cup, it is shorter than many average large-sized cups on the market.  It has a rounded body but tapers to a quick point near the stem.

Stem:  The flat tab stem is a solid piece of silicone.  It features notches for grip rings and is an easy guide for trimming.

The stem is of decent length and helped allow me to rock the cup down until I could reach and pinch the base.  It is flexible in all directions and has a good stretch with a short point of resistance.  This made it both comfortable to use untrimmed (or partially trimmed in my case), as well as helpful in removal.

Rim/s:  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.  The upper rim is slightly softer than the body of the cup which is opposite of the majority of cups on the market.

There has been some chatter on the internet that the softer rim has caused issues with getting the cup to open.  It may need some extra work and/or adjustments during inserting.

Although I didn’t experience this with the small size, I did have some trouble getting the regular size to open on occasion.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features three grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Saalt Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use. The company offers the soft Saalt cups in colors Desert Blush or Mist Grey.

Firmness:  The Saalt Cup is considered a medium-soft cup or slightly softer than medium. As mentioned before, the upper rim is softer than the body which may cause difficulties in getting it to open.  Those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may find this option more comfortable than the Saalt Cup in the original firmness.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  The Saalt Cup has flashing (joining line/seam) traveling the length of the body on two “sides” as well as on the top side of the rim.  However, all of these are cleaned up nicely.

Markings:  The secondary rim is branded with “saalt” on the outside of the cup.

Colors:

Saalt Cup Wash

The Saalt Cup wash is specifically formulated to maintain the perfect pH without soaking into or damaging the silicone of the Saalt Cup.  It contains no harsh chemicals, irritants, or parabens.

Although the company recommends using their wash to care for your cup, it’s only an option.  If you use any other mild soap, they ask that it be fragrance-free, oil-free, and rinses clean with no residue.

Saalt Co. also states that using any of the following may degrade silicone over time, disrupt your natural pH and vaginal flora, or may lead to irritation:

  • Anything that may leave behind residue
  • Anything that irritates your skin
  • Vinegar
  • Soaps containing tea tree or peppermint oil
  • Dish soap
  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Oil-based soaps
  • Castile soap
  • Dr. Bonners
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda

I have never used the Saalt Cup Wash, but I’ve only heard good things from people who have purchased it.  You can find it in stores alongside the Saalt Cup or through their online shop for $13 USD.  If you’re worried about irritation or causing damage to your cup, this is an affordable, no-brain option.

Saalt Cup Detailed User Manual

Insert:

  1. Fold and hold your cup with clean hands.
  2. Insert your cup toward your tailbone.
  3. Let it open and rotate it slightly creating a light seal.
  4. Pro tip:  Position your cup a little lower than a tampon.

Remove:

  1. Relax and find the base of your cup with your fingers.
  2. Pinch the base of the cup to break the seal.
  3. Remove & empty
  4. Pro tip:  Your first few times, practice removing it in the shower.

Clean:

  1. During your cycle, wash your cup with cold water and Saalt Wash.
  2. After your cycle, boil 4-5 minutes to sanitize.
  3. Pro tip:  Place your cup in a wire whisk while boiling.

Saalt Co. also offers more detailed instructions along with optional folds, illustrations, tips, and cleaning & storing.

Visit the Full instructions here.

Saalt Cup Customer Service

Email:  sayhey [@] saaltco.com

Facebook:  Saalt Cup Academy

@saaltco on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

I’ve only experienced excellent customer service with Saalt Co.  They seem to really care about their users and their community.  However, they do travel and may not be in an area to reply to you as soon as you would like.  The Saalt Cup Academy on Facebook is another great option where other users may be of assistance.

Alternatives to the Saalt Cup

Venus Cup – Looking for a higher capacity?  The Venus Cup small holds 29 ml, while the large holds 47 ml to the top of the rim.  It is slightly longer than the Saalt Cup in both sizes, so if you have a very low cervix, even the small size may still be a tad too long for you.  However, it allows the cervix to sit inside of the cup without compromising all of the capacity.  The Venus Cup is softer than the Original Saalt but firmer than the Soft Saalt.

LaliCup – The LaliCup has a soft body with unique channels that help this cup fold up smaller.  It can also ease pressure on sensitive areas.  However, the rim of the LaliCup is of medium firmness to help it open with ease.  The LaliCup is offered in three sizes.  The medium and large are considered high capacity at 36 and 42 ml.

MyCup – The MyCup sizes small and medium have the same diameter and length as the small Saalt Cup.  The large-sized MyCup is only 1 mm wider and longer than the large Saalt. The difference between the brands is that MyCup’s body shape allows the capacity to reach 22, 29, and 40 ml putting the large on our high capacity list.

Summary

The Saalt Cup has quickly become a favorite among cup users.  Their company offers an excellent product along with excellent customer service.  They also spread global empowerment by raising menstrual awareness and commit 2% of their revenue to donate period care to regions with the most need.

While these cups are not considered high capacity, they have been comfortable to use by a variety of users.  The slightly shorter length may make the small-size a good option for those who have a low cervix.  While the regular size may still be easy to reach for those with a high cervix.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you poop with a Saalt Cup in?

As with any menstrual cup, the Saalt Cup should not interfere with urinating or bowel movements while it is in use.

Why is my Saalt Cup leaking?

The Saalt Cup should sit lower than a tampon in the vaginal canal, below the cervix. When positioned correctly, it should fit comfortably and be leak-free. The easiest way to do this is to insert your cup more horizontally as if pointing toward your tailbone.

The Saalt Cup stays in place when a seal is formed between the outside of the cup and the walls of your vagina.

How do you insert a Saalt menstrual cup?

1) Fold and hold your cup with clean hands.
2) Insert your cup toward your tailbone.
3) Let it open and rotate it slightly creating a light seal.
4) Pro tip:  Position your cup a little lower than a tampon.

Why does my Saalt Cup smell?

An overgrowth of bacteria is what causes odor.  Remove and wash your cup more often.

How does a Saalt Cup work?

The Saalt Cup is a reusable cup made of soft silicone that is worn internally.  It creates a seal between the outside of the cup and the walls of the vagina.  It collects—rather than absorbs—your menstrual flow. 

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  1. Overall Score
    100

    I am glad I went out and bought this cup. Out of the 20 cups or so I’ve bought over a three year period, this one is the best. It’s nice and smooth, does not have a prominent rim to irritate the bladder, and is just firm enough to pop open and slip right into place. Definitely would recommend this cup.

    Definitely a 5 star cup

    + PROS: Doesn't irritate the bladder smooth, sleek design pops right open high capacity
    - CONS: none
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    100

    The Saalt cup is awesome! I have both the small and the large on Amazon and the price was right. These cups are very high quality and very comfortable. I love the soft stem. I can’t feel the cup or the stem at all. I usually leave the stems on my cups because I have a high cervix and need them for removal, but some stems can poke me. Not this one though! The cup itself is very smooth and it has a great resistance with makes it pop open very easily. I like to judge a cup by if I can feel it or not and I cannot feel the saalt cup at all when I am wearing it. I suggest Saalt to a lot of new cup users because they have a satisfaction guarentee and their customer service is wonderful so if for some reason this cup does not work out, you can get a full refund or they will send you another size. I can’t recommend Saalt cup enough.

    + PROS: price good resistance nice color options easy to use soft stem great packaging easy to follow directions wonderful customer service
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