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The combined pill is usually just called the pill. It contains two hormones (estrogen and progestogen) which are similar to the hormones women naturally produce.
The main way the pill works is to stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation). It also thickens the mucus in the cervix preventing sperm reaching the egg and thins the lining of the uterus so it is less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
You can get the pill from your GP or local sexual health clinic