It's not trouble-free... but that's no fault of the product. :)
I'm admittedly new to menstrual cups, so any troubles I've had with this most probably isn't the fault of the product itself. Be warned that the box doesn't really come with lengthy or thorough instructions; you'll want to google those or watch a couple of videos on YouTube. It does come with its own small pouch (it fits just the cup, don't expect to carry anything else in it), which is great for storage when you're not on your cycle. The cup is made of sturdy, but flexible, silicone. I got this in the colour purple and it's absolutely adorable. The stem is quite long, and from what I've read, you can definitely trim it bit by bit until it's at a length that feels most comfortable. I had to do that because as is, the stem was poking me and made the experience really unpleasant. I decided to try a cup because I wanted to reduce the waste I produce (I previously used both tampons and pads every cycle), and many of the sources I've read tout it as a cleaner, safer way to manage your period. It does take a couple of cycles to get used to though, and I admit I had some leaking issues during this first cycle that I've used it. I'm determined to continue, however, because I can see how it would be a much better alternative once you do get the hang of it. Also (TMI!!) it's weirdly satisfying to see all that discarded blood collected in the cup right before you dump it out over the toilet. Sorry! Haha. Don't let the steep learning curve deter you from trying a menstrual cup. It may seem "too large" for you to insert, but rest assured that we're physiologically capable of handling it. My advice is to watch a lot of tutorials, read a lot of reviews and blogs, and to get comfortable with your body to prepare for your menstrual cup journey. I'll admit, I'm excited for my next cycle so I can have another shot at trying it out. If it helps save the planet, reduces my risk of TSS, and saves me money in the long run, then I'm definitely prepared to make a couple sacrifices!
3 months ago