I use to have very painful and heavy periods. I have the Depo Provera injection administered every 3 months and I haven't had my period for quite some time. This injection doesn't work the same for everyone though. Some women still have their periods as usual, and some spot. Worse case scenarios (as far as periods go at least) for some women, it makes them bleed more. I haven't read into any statistics, but I was told by my doctor that in most cases, the period will completely stop after about 6 months.
One thing to note if you're no longer having your periods. You need to make sure you increase your calcium intake! Your period is what helps to keep strong bone mass. So to be sure to take your vitamins or include more calcium enriched things in your diet.
I think that perhaps Depo Provera has gotten a bad reputation. I say this because I've had at least two women act very surprised and concerned when they discovered I was "on the shot". They were shocked since it was "so bad for me". When I asked them about it, they couldn't give me any reasons as to why it's any more risky than other forms of birth control. It's likely that women who have had bad experiences are the ones more likely to give the most feedback, which is completely understandable. It's just human nature that people express their feelings about negative experiences more often. This information is then passed on to others and so on.
Forgive me for my rambling. I just wanted to express that although Depo Provera isn't for everyone (as is the case with any hormone intake) I am quite happy with it. The pill wouldn't work well for me because I'm quite forgetful, and terrible about taking medication every day. That's why I chose to try Depo Provera, despite all the stories I heard. There's my positive story about Depo Provera!
Sophitia, I know it was about six months ago since you asked about this subject, so I do hope that you've already found something that you're comfortable and happy with.
MSNik, I didn't know about NovaSure ablation. I just did a search about it and that's very interesting. Thank you.