Combined pill

Loestrin 30

What the packet says

What is it?

Hormonal ingredients
Inactive Ingredients

Lactose, Sucrose, Maize starch, Talc, Spray-dried acacia, Magnesium stearate, Hypromellose 15, Carnauba wax, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Quinoline yellow (E104), Sunset yellow FCF (E110), Patent blue V (E131), Indigo carmine (E132), Brilliant blue FCF (E133), Titanium dioxide (E171)

How it works

The Combined pill is a small tablet you swallow daily that contains hormones oestrogen and progesterone. It 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.

How does this compare?

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent

Similar to

Clinical effectiveness

99% if used perfectly

What does this mean?

Contains hormones

  • Yes
  • No
What does this mean?

What you said

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Detailed information

How to get started

  • Your doctor or nurse will do some tests to make sure that you can take the pill. They check your medical history, make sure that you’re not pregnant and take your blood pressure.
  • Most women can start the pill at any time in their period cycle. However unless you start the combined pill on the first day of your period, you won’t be protected from pregnancy straight away. Make sure you read the packet carefully and use condoms or other methods until you’re covered.
  • There are special instructions for starting the pill if you have just had a baby, abortion or miscarriage.
  • Take the pill around the same time every day – for example first thing in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night.
  • If it helps, keep your pill packet somewhere you use or look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone.
  • You will normally be given a prescription for the pill for a couple of months, and will need to go back to your doctor for regular check ups (e.g. blood pressure tests).

How to stop

  • Stopping the pill is easy – you just stop taking it. As soon as you stop taking it, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy.
  • If you have periods, you may prefer to wait until you reach the end of your current pill packet before stopping, so you can keep your cycle more regular.
  • Check out our survey results to see how long it took most women’s cycles to return to their definition of ‘normal’ after they stopped taking the pill, and read up about the after effects they’ve experienced.

Things that can go wrong

  • Missing or forgetting to take a pill has happened to all of us. Check out the NHS guide on what to do, depending on how many you’ve missed and where you are in your cycle. If you’re in any doubt, make sure you use a condom or don’t have sex until you’re protected.
  • There are a few things that can stop the pill from working properly – make sure you watch out for these and check your pill information leaflet or speak to your doctor if you have any questions:
    • Vomiting and diarrhea will impact on how the pill is absorbed into your body. If you’re sick within two hours of taking the pill you’ll need to take another pill straight away and the next pill at the usual time. If you’re sick or have severe diarrhea for longer than this, check your pill packet for what to do next – and use condoms or abstain if you have any doubts.
    • Some medicines and antibiotics (like rifampicin and rifabutin, St John’s wort and anti-epilepsy drugs) change the way your body digests the pill.
  • With any combined type of hormonal contraception there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. We are developing a full guide to the medical research on the serious and potentially life threatening side effects of contraceptives here.

Reviews

Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

I decided to take the combination pill to prevent pregnancy. I took it for 18 months, and when I started for the first month I …

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

Loestrin 30 has settled with my body, it has given me random mood swings every now and then but nothing too serious. When I fir…

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

I was originally on loestrin 20 for around 6 years but due to stock issues I’ve been put on loestrin 30. I’m miserable cons…

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

Great experience generally, some side effects but no mood changes which is great. Would definitely recommend.

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

I was put on Loestrin 20 at 15 to help my periods (on for 30 days, off for 5, and repeat) and it wasn’t quite the one so …

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

Swapped from loestrin 20 as had a bit of breakthrough bleeding needed higher oestrogen. Such a good pill as got a lot of weight…

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

I’ve has a lot of changes in my period with this pill they started to get lighter and shorter but have started to vary after …

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

After unsuccessful attempts at the injection and 4 other brands of the pill, this was the only one that seemed to agree with me…

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Combined pill

- Loestrin 30

Having been on Marvelon, I asked the doctor about switching due to headaches and the news about the increased risks of blood cl…

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