I started out taking the pill. I went through about three different kinds (low, medium and high-dosage hormones if I remember correctly), none of which did what they said they would in terms of helping with cramps and what-not. It also killed my sex-drive down to nothing.
I suck at remembering to take the pill. So in March, after considering my options, I started on the shot (Depo Provera
). They say that the average woman gains approximately 10lbs in the first year, but I've lost about 5lb since starting. I know others who have
gained weight on the shot though. I haven't had any reactions to it, other than hating getting the actual shot. It's 97-99.7% effective, same as the pill. I love the fact that it's once every three months and then I don't have to worry about it for another three! =)