The Combined Pill
There are two types of contraceptive pill: the combined pill, and the progestogen-only pill, also known as the 'mini pill'. The combined pill is a daily tablet that contains two hormones: progestogen and oestrogen.
The hormones prevent an egg from being released by the ovaries each month and make it harder for sperm to get into the uterus (womb). The pill needs to be taken once a day for three weeks and then you can have a week’s break to have a monthly bleed, or you can continue to take the pill every day to avoid having a monthly bleed.