I have to be on hormonal contraception due to endo, and will be right up until I hit the menopause/have a hysterectomy (whichever is first). I personally love it; I have always hated condoms, and have only ever used them when single, or in the early stages of a new relationship (first few months). I hate the feel of them (they massively reduce sensation), and I also hate the way it interrupts sex.
I’ve tried a few different methods:
the combined pill microgynon, which was tough for the first 6 months (I experienced bad mood swings as well as weight gain (it inreased my appetitie and I could have controlled it, but I choose not to as I was TINY (US size 0) before I went on it and liked the extra few pounds!)). The pill shortened and lightened my periods massively too, which was great, but I came off it initially because I had cervical erosion (common, harmless condition, but it was irritating and necessitated bi-annual colposcopies and biopsies), then, I went back on it after the Mirena and Depo Provera shot didn’t work out, but came off it the second time as I wanted something that completely stopped my periods, as by this time I’d been diagnosed with endo;
the Mirena IUS: absolutely great in terms of hormonal side effects (all I experienced was some weight loss, and a few spots on my back and shoulders for about 4 weeks), but I had severe cramps from week 6 on which gradually worsened, and I had it removed after 6 months on my doctors recommendation. Stopped my periods completely which was great;
the depo provera injection: hated this; I was on it for 10 months and put on a stone despite dieting, had severe mood swings as well as depression and anxiety; suffered with fatigue; had zero sex drive; had vaginal dryness; it did however stop my periods completely, which was the only positive;
the mini-pill Cerazette: this is what I am currently on, and have been for the past 2.5 years. I love it; teh side effects I experienced were two weeks of VERY heavy bleeding inc passing clots, and 4 weeks of severe depression; after that, I have had no issues at all, and have been period-free the whole time I’ve been on it.
Everyone is different: what works for one person won’t for another, and if you do choose to go on hormonal contraception, I cannot stress enough how you MUST be prepared to stick with it for a minimum of 3 months, and ideally, 6 months; side effects are VERY common with any method in the first few months, and can take up to 6 months to settle; but after this, you should have few-no side effects, and also see some benefits.
Most methods have certain common side effects. so look these up. Also be aware that the higher the dose, the more likely and more severe side effects are likely to be; in my case, the number and severity of side effects exactly corresponded with the dose of hormone; the Mirena had by far the fewest, then the mini-pill, then the combined pill, and then the injection was the worst. Some methods like the injection are notorious for side effects; I would only try the injection as a last resort.
Otherwise, it can be a case of trial and error; but IMO far too many women give up far too quickly, never knowing if a method actually suits them or not.