Menstrual cups are amazing – I much prefer them to tampons and can’t imagine ever switching back. They’re better for your health, better for your budget and better for your planet. It’s a win, win, win situation and one that I’m weirdly passionate about. Once you’ve found the best cup for your body and you’ve mastered the technique, it’s safe to say that that little wonder cup is nothing short of life-changing. Personally, I found my monthly soul mate in the form of the ^Saalt Soft menstrual cup*.
Please remember that everyone’s body is unique – what works perfectly for me, may not work so perfectly for you.
This is my personal experience with the Saalt Soft cup*, which I’m sharing as info for anyone looking into/interested in menstrual cups.
Make sure to read/watch lots of reviews from other people too!
To find out whether the Saalt Soft cup* may work well for you, you can take a quiz from the wonderful people over at Put A Cup In It. They have SO much info on SO many different cups – please do make sure to take the quiz to find what cups will suit you best.
The softness of the Saalt Soft cup* is perfect for me, as I can’t feel it at all when it’s inserted. I literally forget I have my period and have to set a reminder every 12 hours to empty it! When I was using a cup that was firmer, I could feel a very slight pressure on my bladder and that I couldn’t *quite* pee properly.
The softness and diameter of the small Saalt Soft cup* makes folding and inserting the cup really easy as it squishes down nice and small. My favourite folding method is the ‘punch down fold’ as it creates a small tapered point and also pops open easily. You can read and watch tutorial videos about the punch down fold as well as a few others here on the Put A Cup In It website.
It can also be inserted before you have started your period, or just spotting. If your period starts at 3pm every time like clockwork, it’s safe to insert at 7am when getting ready for the day ahead.
The diameter of the small cup is perfect for me, it opens fully and creates a comfortable seal. It’s also easy for me to remove as the softness and small diameter make it easy for me to pinch to break the seal. The rubber ridges on the base also make removal really easy, as they provide some grip for your fingers. (P.S. I completely cut the stem off the cup as I find it much more comfortable)
When I had tried a different cup with a larger diameter, I could feel that it was too large to open fully. Sometimes it would seal fine even though it wasn’t fully open, but it would then be tricky to remove – I couldn’t just pinch to break the seal as it was already kinda pinched up there. Trying to remove without fully breaking the seal felt like I was vacuuming out my internal organs – absolutely not recommended, do not try this at home.
Before switching to a menstrual cup, I used to dread my period. It was a logistical nightmare that I felt I never quite figured out. How heavy is my period today? What absorbency tampon do I need? How many tampons do I think I’ll need today? If I change too late, it’ll leak, but if I change too soon it’ll feel like sandpaper. How long will I be out and about for today? Will I have access to a toilet to change? These questions literally never cross my mind anymore – I have everything I need for the day all ready up there in position just doing its thing, letting me get on with *my* thing completely uninterrupted for 12 whole hours.
I love the vibe/branding of Saalt – they’ve somehow created a modern, aesthetically pleasing menstrual cup! The grey silicone is as genius as it is beautiful – hiding any discolouration from stains that may build up over its 10 year life span.
Saalt are: Female – Founded, Sustainable, Clean, Made in the USA, Vegan, B Corp, Plastic Free, Charity Driven – need I say more?! It’s so important to invest in and support wonderful companies that have a positive impact on our world, as well as having incredible products – Saalt tick all the boxes.
If you have any questions about menstrual cups, please feel free to ask me – I’d love to help!