Period cups, the new feminine hygiene trend, have divided the female population. Some women are intrigued by the small, medical-grade, silicone cups, while others have decided to stay true to more traditional methods of menstrual care. But, will this period alternative be the end of pads and tampons forever?
Brands like Saalt Co. say, “yes.”
Unlike pad and tampon companies who don’t list ingredients, Saalt Co. puts it all out there, so you know that what you’re putting in your body is safe. It’s also non-toxic, produced with dyes that are BPA, latex and chemical free – which means a little-to-no risk of TSS.
In the ingredients department, menstrual cups have a major advantage.
While the FDA does regulate feminine hygiene products, they don’t require companies to fully disclose their ingredient lists. So, big brands win, and consumers are left in the dark, without the chance to make healthy, educated, decisions on what they’re putting in their bodies.
Brands like Saalt Co., aim to educate consumers on the importance of choosing a non-toxic alternative to traditional pads and tampons. As a result, education among millennials and younger generations who are more likely to change up their period routine (and are less product-loyal), is at an all-time high.
In 2017, a reported 41.25 million women in the United States used tampons, with the rest opting for other alternatives. While the cup still hasn’t gone completely mainstream, it has begun to change the conversation on periods.
Pre-cup, many women didn’t understand the potentially harmful effects that their go-to period products were causing. And, unfortunately, many still don’t. But, more and more non-toxic companies are paving the way to increase education across the United States and even the world.
Saalt isn’t just non-toxic, though. It’s also waste-free.
The average woman uses around 20 tampons per cycle, and that number adds up to an alarming 9,600 tampons over the course of her menstruation years. Now, multiply that by the number of women who tampons. (Hint: you might need a calculator for this one.)
Switching to a period cup helps reduce waste dramatically because it’s reusable for up to 10 years. So not only are you saving money, but also the environment.
Wondering how it works?
The Saalt cup comes in two sizes, small and regular. The small cup holds up to 25 mL of fluid, which is 3xs the amount of a regular tampon. The regular holds 30mL, 4xs the amount. Instead of absorbing, Saalt catches and protects for up to 12 hours, nearly double the amount of time a tampon should be left in.
It’s completely safe to use while asleep, in the pool and at the gym. According to Saalt Co., you can even use it while upside down – so don’t let your period stop those headstands and inversions, yogis!
The initial transition to the cup might be weird, scary, or awkward (at first).
Take the time before your cycle to get familiar with the feel of the cup so that when it comes time to make the switch, you’ll feel more confident. Remember that you probably experienced the same anxieties with tampons the first few times. Give yourself some time for trial and error.
Eventually, you’ll be a period cup pro.
No matter what your reason is for making the switch, whether it be to save money, the environment or your body from potentially harmful products, the most important thing is doing what works for your body. So, give Saalt a try.