What the packet says
What is it?
What's it made of?
Magnesium stearate, Povidone K-25, Maize starch, Lactose monohydrate, Tablet coating: Povidone K-90, Macrogol 6000, Talc, Calcium carbonate, Sucrose, Wax montan glycol
How it works
The combined pill is a small tablet you swallow daily that contains hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The pill prevents pregnancy in three ways – by stopping ovulation, making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for an embryo to grow in it.