A pill that you usually take everyday at the same time for 21 days the stop for 7 days an start the cycle again. However the way you take it depends on the type of combined pill you take. The 3 types are. . . Monophasic 21 day pill – each pill has the same amount of hormones in it Phasic 21 day pill – 2 or 3 different pills that contains different amounts of hormone, these pills need to be taken in the right order Everyday (ED) pill – 21 active pills and 7 dummy pills which need to be taken in the right order, 1 pill a day for 28 days with no break
Perfect use: more than 99% effective . Fewer than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant in a year when using the combined pill correctly.
Typical use: around 91% effective .Around 9 in 100 women using the combined pill will get pregnant in a year.
You should talk to your doctor or health professional about risk factors such as smoking, your age or medical history before you start taking the pill