The MPower Cup is a South African brand and I really love the work that this company is doing in helping to keep girls in school and in the educational side of things.

A few things caught my attention when I bought this cup. The following is written on the package: 

  • It is a soft cup: loyal to my promise not to compare cups, I can assure you that this cup is not soft. There are stiffer cups than MPower, but it is definitely not a soft cup. 
  • Antibacterial and non-absorbent: I feel this can be a dangerous statement. If one doesn’t keep to basic hygiene practices, the cup can become infected. To write something like that on the package can create a problem. 
  • Biocompatible: There are no other ways to check this statement. FDA approval? Any other info about it? 

Further to the above, I found that the instructions regarding sizes are not clear. If one is a first-time cup user who has also had a few births, one doesn’t know if her flow is heavy or standard. She might take the wrong cup.  My flow is very light so am I supposed to take the small size? I am quite sure it would be too small; I saw the small one so I know there is was no way it was the size I needed.

The MPower Cup comes with a colourful pouch. I really like it! When I took the cup out of the box, there were all kinds of leftovers of material. Call me fussy, but I expect a company that manufactures intimate products like a menstrual cup to make sure that no small pieces will remain. Why? Because our vagina is delicate and sensitive and because it gives the feeling of low quality.

The cup is more on the stiffer side of the scale, which some women may benefit from.

The stem is not round but flat and rectangular. It was a bit uncomfortable as I prefer the round ones and the cup wasn’t very comfortable once inserted. I felt some pressure against my vaginal walls and to keep it in the fold position until I inserted it was a struggle.

After few hours, I didn’t feel it any longer which was great.

If I should sum up my experience with this cup, I would say that it is on the stiffer side of the scale, it doesn’t have FDA approval and it is pricey for a South African brand that I bought in a health shop. However, after few hours my body got used to it and the use was an average experience.

If this was the only cup I had, I could continue with it, unlike others I have tried, but sadly it is not one of my favourites.

** Please note that these reviews are based on my own experience and are therefore my own opinion. I would also like to mention that we are all shaped differently and if something didn’t work well for me it doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you.