I'm a pretty au naturale kind of person, since my upbringing as a child, and even when taking that out of the equation, I've always thought messing with hormones isn't the greatest of ideas.
But I still went on the pill for 5-6 years. My then-partner and I hated condoms (plus he'd had one fail before, so didn't trust them as a contraceptive). And the benefits sounded good; i.e. less acne, shorter, lighter periods. But they really screwed me up. They didn't lower my sex drive or make me hurt, but they did drive me insane. I started getting unnatural and violent mood swings, especially when I'd had alcohol, to the point where I'd even have black outs. I switched to a low oestrogen pill and, on advice from a GP, started taking the packs straight through (not coming off every month, but roughly every three months, then moved on to roughly six months between). That solved the mood swings and my occasional periods were very light. But I still didn't feel like myself, and I'd been steadily gaining weight, retaining water, and finding it almost impossible to lose it despite regular exercise.
I had heard of different shots, arm implants, patches, rings, and IUDs before; but I thought they were all hormonal, so it seemed futile to try them.
Then, finally, during a routine check-up and prescription renewal, the GP I saw discussed other longer-term methods with me and gave me a print-out. That was how I discovered the non-hormonal copper coil. I got one fitted over a year ago and couldn't be happier with it.
It only hurt like a bad cramp for a few seconds when being fitted- but I'm not pain-sensitive, so results may vary. Other women have found it to be very traumatic. For me it was a breeze. I did have heavier periods for about six months, which I was prepared for, but they have since settled (and become almost regular, which is something that I never had before going on the pill) and I rarely if ever experienced the worse cramping that they also warn about. The temporary heavier bleeding and the 'normal' bleeding I now experience didn't/doesn't bother me much because the periods are also usually shorter.
I have since felt better, more like myself again. I also feel more natural, not just because of the copper method, but because I also switched to reusable monthly products at the same time (a menstrual cup, cloth pads, and crochet tampons). I don't retain water like a sponge anymore, and was able to lose weight much more quickly after ditching the pill. And since I am in a stable relationship (albeit a different one) I still don't need to use condoms. They do also warn about increased likelihood of thrush, which again, seemed to happen more at first but is settling down again.
Another benefit to the copper IUD is that they are good for 5-10 years, longer than the hormonal plastic ones. I have a 10 year one. (Although if you're thinking of having a kid in 5-ish years, it doesn't matter so much for you.)
I hope everything goes well for you!