The future of menstrual care is moving forward and that’s towards a solution that is more sustainable, a solution that is environmentally friendly, and supports your budget! Why spend money month after month on tampons and sanitary pads when the solution to hoarding all those products is so convenient – a menstrual cup!
Menstrual cups have been around for a long time, and are gaining popularity by the day! There are so many choices out there, though you never truly know which one is the best for you and your body. We’re going to look closely at two very popular menstrual cups currently on the market, the Saalt Menstrual Cup, and the Diva Menstrual Cup!
The Saalt Menstrual Cup
The FDA registered Saalt Menstrual Cup came out of the USA in 2018, and is still quite new to the market. These menstrual cups can be found at certain large chain-stores, as well as at pharmacies and specialty health stores. The pricing of Saalt Cups is $29 for a single cup, or $47 for a duo pack, which includes small and large cups.
The Saalt Menstrual Cup comes in two different sizes – small (with a diameter of 41 mm) and large (with a diameter of 46 mm). If you aren’t sure which size is perfect for you, the Saalt Duo Pack, as well as the Saalt Soft Duo Pack is available, so you can try both. They are all very round cups, as opposed to the typical “V” shaped cups we see so often. These cups are perfect for those with a medium to low cervix, as it is a short cup with a wide body, making it super comfortable! If you have a high cervix you can still use it, but it won’t be as easy to reach!
The Saalt Cup comes in two different levels of firmness. The original Saalt Cup is firm, although the rim is a bit softer than the body. The soft version of the Saalt Cup is soft-medium in firmness, and is the perfect menstrual cup for you should you suffer from bladder or bowel pressure or sensitivity.
The regular Saalt Cups are offered in dark pink and light blue, while their softer alternative, the Saalt Soft Cups are offered in creamy pink, and dark gray.
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The Diva Menstrual Cup
The Diva Menstrual Cup is priced between $35 and $39. It was released to the public in 2001, and comes from Canada. It is FDA registered, and has a really good name as so many women have used it! It can be found in many chain stores, pharmacies, and specialty health stores.
The Diva Cup is special in the fact that it comes in three different versions, called model 0, model 1, and model 2. If you’ve never used a menstrual cup before, model 0 is the cup you will want to use. Model 0 is also perfect for teens and women who often feel a lot of pressure on the bowels or bladder.
Both model 1 and model 2 have diameters that are very similar to other cups’ diameters out there of similar sizes. Model 1 is small, and has a diameter of 43 mm, and model 2 is large, with a diameter of 46 mm.
The Diva Cup has a firmness that is medium in feel. It is designed in a “V” shape, and has a standard rim. All the models are the same length, and they are cups best suited to those with a medium to high cervix, as its design makes it easier to grab and pull out.
The Diva Cup only comes in opaque white, leaving out any color pigments. All models are the same color.
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How to Decide Which Menstrual Cup is the Best Choice!
Although there are many cups on the market, including the Saalt and Diva Cups, there are a lot of factors that play an important role when choosing the ideal cup for your vagina. Let’s take a look at some of these:
1. Cervix Height
So which cup is the best fit for your cervix height? Let’s take a look:
If you are unaware of your cervix height, how to measure it, or where to locate it, this guide will help you understand everything you need to know.
Once you know this important information about your cervix, you will then be able to know which menstrual cup is best for you! One of the most important things to factor in, is the fact that the cup has got to be comfortable when you insert it in. After all, you are going to be walking around with it all day long! The other important thing is that it has got to be easy to reach when you need to remove it.
- The Saalt Cup is both bell-shaped and “V”-shaped. It’s a short cup with a wide, round body but tapers to a point. Women and teens with a high, to very high, cervix may experience difficulty reaching the cup when it needs to be removed. However, with enough pelvic floor pushing, the cup can be reached.
- The Diva Cup is “V”-shaped and tapers to a point, and is longer than the Saalt Cup. It has a standard rim that helps the cup from settling as high into the vaginal fornix as a flared rim would. It’s a great shape for ladies with a high cervix, as it makes it easier to reach. Ladies with a low cervix might experience uncomfortableness with this cup, as they may find it to be too long, without the ability to be inserted completely.
2. Bladder & Bowel Sensitivity
If you’ve experienced bladder and/or bowel sensitivity in the past with any type of vaginal penetration, you’ll likely want a cup with a soft or medium firmness, as opposed to a very firm cup. It will also help to have a narrower cup over a wide one. In the case of the Saalt Cup vs the Diva Cup, the original Saalt Cup is the firmer of the two. However, the soft Saalt Cup would be the softest. It’s important to keep in mind though, that the the small-sized Saalt Cup and the Diva Cup in any size, would be narrower than the large-sized Saalt Cup.
3. Physical Activity
In many cases, those who perform strenuous activities or workouts find that a firmer cup helps keep leaks at bay, so the Saalt or Diva original cups are perfect, depending on your cervix height.
However, if you have bladder and/or bowel sensitivity, opt for the Model 0 Diva Cup or the Saalt Cup in the soft version.
4. Cup Capacity
The small Saalt Cup holds 25 ml of menstrual blood, while the large holds 35 ml. The Diva Cups hold 17, 20, and 25 ml between their three sizes. Neither of these cups is considered high capacity. The rounded body of the Saalt Cup allows an extra 10 ml when compared to the Diva Cup’s capacity limit of 25 ml. It’s important to choose the one that accommodates your cervix and your flow best depending on your anatomy and the way that the cup positions itself inside your vagina. If you have an exceptionally heavy flow, you should go for a menstrual cup with a high capacity such as the Venus Cup which has a very impressive cup capacity of 47 ml!
5. More to Consider
A few other things that might help narrow down your selection are price and accessibility. Although you may have found the perfect cup, it may be too costly for your budget. When you shop online, you also have to take shipping costs into consideration, and whether or not it’s available in your country.
As mentioned previously, the Saalt Cup costs $29 for a single cup, and $47 for a duo pack. The average cost for a single Diva Cup is between $35 and $39. In the case of the Saalt Cup vs. the Diva Cup, both can easily be found in chain-stores, specialty health stores, pharmacies, and online.
Other Menstrual Cup Options
Before making up your mind, you should take a look at other menstrual cup options, as well as cups that are similar to both the Saalt and Diva Cups.
Other menstrual cups similar to the Diva Menstrual Cup are:
- Venus Cup – The Venus Menstrual Cup happens to be the same length as the Diva Cup, but it is the softer of the two. The Venus Cup’s capacity is 47 ml – which is really impressive! That’s 12 ml more than the large Saalt cup, and 22 ml more than the Diva Cups! It is the ultimate perfect choice for those with a heavy flow!
- Casco Cup – The Casco Menstrual Cup is almost the same shape and size of models 1 & 2 of the Diva Cup. The big difference is the fact that it’s softer, making it the perfect choice for those with a sensitive bladder or bowel.
- Eva Cup – The Eva Menstrual Cup from the USA has a soft body with a wide secondary band. The wide band helps make the cup really easy to open. The soft body is also great, as it helps to ease extra pressure for women with sensitive bladders or bowels.
Other menstrual cups similar to the Saalt Menstrual Cup:
- LaliCup – The LaliCup has a soft body that is unique, helping this cup fold up smaller. It is also able to ease pressure on sensitive areas. Its rim is of medium firmness, which helps it open with ease. This cup comes in three sizes. The medium and large sizes are considered high capacity at 36 and 42 ml.
- MyCup – The MyCup comes in three sizes – small, medium and large. The diameter of the large-sized MyCup is the same as the large Saalt Cup (46 mm). The difference between the brands is that MyCup’s body shape allows the capacity to reach 22, 29, and 40 ml, putting the large-sized cup on our high capacity list.
- Super Jennie – The small Super Jennie Menstrual Cup is 1 mm wider than the small Saalt Cup, while the two large cups are of equal diameter. Both cups are also similar in length. As with the MyCup above, the body shape of the Super Jennie allows the capacity to be greater, with the small size holding 32ml, and the large one holding 42 ml.
What really matters is that you get the menstrual cup that’s best suited to you. Whether you choose the Saalt Cup, Diva Cup, or any other menstrual cup, it all starts with the measuring and locating of your cervix!
Once you do that and purchase your menstrual cup, get started with freedom from sanitary pads and tampons forever. This way you also contribute to making the environment better. Get ready for a life without the worry of how to best take care of your monthly cycles. A menstrual cup is all you’re ever going to need!
Which menstrual cup is best for beginners?
Diva Cup’s Model 0 is narrow, and its diameter is the perfect fit for those that are new to using menstrual cups, as well as those who experience a lot of pressure on the bowels or bladder. The small Saalt Soft Cup is also great for this.
The best option though, is to get a starter kit and see which one feels better, such as the amazing Venus Menstrual Cup Starter Kit
Is it okay to leave a menstrual cup in for 24 hours?
It is ill-advised if anyone tells you that it’s okay to leave anything inside of your vagina for 24 hours. Doctors will recommend you take out a menstrual cup after 8 hours of use, although it can be worn up to 12. Reports have been made in the past by women saying nothing catastrophic ever occurred, other than a very bad smell coming from the vagina.
Why does it feel like my Diva Cup is falling out?
If your Diva Cup falls out or starts to move up, it has not created the necessary seal needed to your vagina walls. Your cervix can change position during menstruation, it can go higher or lower, so it’s important to locate and measure it during this time. Here’s how.
Should the stem of a menstrual cup stick out?
A menstrual cup’s end should never sit at more than 1 cm from the opening of the vagina. Absolutely nothing should stick out, it should be only just inside you depending on its length. Sometimes, the menstrual cup might go up higher, and then settle in a more permanent position. The Diva Cup is longer than the Saalt Cup.
Why menstrual cups are the best?
The average woman will throw away between 125 and 150 kg of applicators, tampons and pads in her lifetime. This all ends up at landfill sites, and hurts the environment. Unlike sanitary pads and tampons, menstrual cups are reusable, which eliminates waste, making them an environmentally friendly choice for menstrual care.