Growing up I had the worst cramps in the world. While all my friends could still function even with their worst day of cramps, i would wake up in the middle of the night screaming the first night of every period. I would usually stay home from school the next morning, due to having sat up sobbing and rocking back and forth on the couch after taking pain killers and using a heating pad to try and stop the pain.
pills helped quite a bit with that pain, though not completely at times.
i was put on a low-dose of alesse at the age of 15 and stayed on it(though taking breaks from time to time) until I was 20. I found the low-dose to not be too harsh, they say sometimes you can feel sick while your body adjusts but I was lucky to not have that problem. No noticeable weight gain either and not much of a noticeable change in my bloodsugars other than the normal highs during my period.
the downside to the alesse pills, besides having to remember to take them at the SAME time everyday(which never happened for me, I was bad at that) was that when i was 20 for almost 3 months I had morning sickness symptoms, similar to C's problem. I woke up almost every morning and threw up while getting ready for work. somedays i felt so ill i ended up taking a sick day from work. finally my endo told me to go off the pill, when i was so ill one day my mom picked me up from home and put me on her couch for the day and she called him claiming i looked like i was on death's doorstep! i didn't take the pill that day and woke up the next morning already feeling better. unfortunately i didn't go on another form right away, got pregnant two weeks later..haha
after my abortion, i went on the Ortho Evra Birthcontrol Patch. It's like the NuvaRing where you get a continuous amount of hormones rather than one huge spike like when you take the pill. I wasn't completely comfortable with the NuvaRing, so I decided to go for the patch instead since you only have to change it once a week, which is just a bit more work than the ring. I have been on it for almost 2years now and have had no problems with it. you can wear it on a few different areas, I usually keep it on my back. you get three patches for the month, which gives you a week off for your period.
there is the DepoShot birth control, but I have only had one friend who
had no problems with that method. One of my girlfriends lost her period
completely for a year, and the following year had her period for
3months straight after getting the shot! Another girlfriend went
completely crazy on the shot and had the worst mood swings i have ever
seen. we thought she had bi-polar..but once the shot wore off, she was
i would recommend either the ring or the patch personally. i'll never go back to pills.
another thing i take is "HappySense", it's a herbal mood enhancer you can get from the vitamin shop that is used by a lot of teenage girls and women to help with their PMS. it actually talks about it on the side of the container that the ingredients(all natural which is awesome!) help with PMS, anexity, depression and cramps. when i was going through a depression period when i was 20, my mom got them for me and they helped a lot. my boyfriend at the time noticed my PMS was waaay better too. I don't take them often anymore cuz i dont feel i need to, but when i start to feel depressed I start taking them and within a few days start to feel better and notice that my period cramps are completely tolerable. worth checking out too!