I've worn contacts for a few years. I love them. They take some getting used to but it feels so great not to have to wear your glasses all the time, or even just to have the choice. It was great not to wear glasses on my wedding day, for example, and they are great for exercise.
I use monthlies, I wear them for the day and take them out in the evening. Sometimes they get a bit sore if you put them in at say 7am getting ready and you've had a full day and are out doing something at night say 9pm and they are still in.
Get your prescription then order the lenses online, cheaper.
Put contacts in with flat pad of your finger not the tip as a pp said.
Put them in before moisturiser or makeup, or before using any hair products.
Keep a spare case in your handbag in case you need or want to take them out while you're out somewhere.
If it hurts when you put the lens on your eye it's probably a tiny particle or fibre stuck between the lens and your eye, just move the lens around on your eye and it will fix it.
I would recommend them to anyone. I am the biggest wuss and I did it. The first time you try them you will probably have tears coming out and get a bit flustered if you don't get it immediately ...don't worry optometrists see it every day!