As with a lot of others who frequent this group, I've been a lurker for a while but now that I've finally had an experience to share, I thought I'd post how my first use with the cup went and encourage undecided future users to take the step and get a cup!
I'm 22, but I started my period when I was 12 so I've been on it for 10 years now. About a year ago I got a Lunette but after a painful experience trying to get the cup out, I switched to cloth pads and stuck to them for a year before I attempted the cup again, but I'm very glad I did. This time I made sure to make the experience as easy as possible, so I got the MeLuna Soft - Small with the ball stem. I just had my first cycle, attempted to insert the thing on the first day and voila! I had zero problems with insertion and was very surprised. I think the MeLuna Soft is probably one of the most easily insertable cups out there because it's very flexible and small. I can also see that it may be difficult to get out if you have a high-sitting cervix, but for me it was just as easy to get out as it was easy to get in. (By the last day the whole process took me about 3 seconds!!) It was a real breeze and I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
So, pros and cons. The pros are that this was the most stress-free, painless cycle I've had since I can remember! There were even times when I almost forgot I was on my period... which, just a cycle ago, I'd have thought would be an impossible thing. And since I have a very light flow, I could even go the whole 12 hours without changing it, which made it truly joyful, really. The cons? There's only one con and it's not even a real con because it will disappear in time. I had some trouble getting the cup to open the first time and as a result experienced some spotting, but by the end of the cycle I got the hang of it, and for the next cycle I'm fairly confident that I'll have it mastered.
What a great start to the new year... already I am looking forward to the 11-12 breezy cycles I'm going to get this year, and for those of you who are trying to find easier ways to deal with yours, I hope this was useful in some way and I suggest getting a cup that matches your needs and making a resolution to make it work!