I know there are tons of posts like this but I just have to say that you guys have informed me well! This morning I put it in for the first time and it actually went in...no troubles (7 fold works best for me)! I guess it stuck in the right spot because absolutely NO LEAKS (and I wore a cloth pantyliner I made just in case). A few minutes ago I took it out for the first time and well, I was cautious because I know it can hurt if it's just pulled...so after about 7mins of taking it slow I figured out the best way for me and TA DA! I just wanted to post this to vouch for things going smooth for first timers, especially after reading all the info here. The only issue I have is I think I need to trim my stem.