I was on the pill for years, and then depo for a few years as well... I have horrible, horrible cycles (I'll bleed for 2-3 WEEKS then have a few days off, then bleed for 5-6 days, then have no bleeding for 4-5 weeks, then bleed for a month, and so on... and during the first 1-2 days of any bleeding cycle I cramp so badly I throw up and have trouble standing upright). And although I use LAM right off the bat, even when tandem nursing 24/7 my cycles return within a few months. But I respond really
well to hormonal birth control (evens out my cycle, regulates the bleeding controls the anemia) with no side effects.
I found that after dd1 that my cycle was a bit more regular... and after dd2 a little more regular again. So I'm hoping that a third babe will add yet another little boost towards normalcy, and that the moderate hormone dose from Mirena will round out the picture.
Mini-pill: it's true the mini-pill needs to be taken on a really tight schedule due it's low hormone dose. The pill my friend is taking (I really need to ask her the name again) is a low dose hormone pill (so good for breastfeeding... she breastfeeds twins and hasn't seen a drop in supply) that isn't as time sensitive. Which is important when you have little kiddos!
But the "real" bc will be the V for dh and the tubal for me (even if I don't have the c/s, my OB has a day surgery/minor invasion type deal)... the mirena or mini-pill will be more for being able to live without insane cycles.