Combined pill

Ethinyloestradiol 30mcg / Desogestrel 150mcg

Take one tablet per day, for 21 days, then have a 7 day break allowing for a withdrawal bleed. There are 21 pills per pack.


  • usually makes periods regular, lighter and less painful

  • may help with premenstrual symptoms

  • reduces the risk of cancer of the ovary, uterus and colon

  • you are protected from pregnancy straight away if you start taking the combined pill in the first five days of your period

  • when you stop using the pill your fertility will return to normal

  • there are safe ways to take the pill where you take packs back to back and bleed less often, read about these methods here

  • this type of combined pill can be taken to help reduce acne

  • this oestrogen dominant formulation of combined pill may be worth a try if you have experienced side effects such as oily hair, low mood, loss of libido or extra hair growth during the second half of your cycle when taking a progestogen dominant pill.

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What users say

I aways have a regular cycle and no other negative side effects.

Ari, Wolverhampton

I was on it for about 8 years with no problems (initially started to reduce period pain and it was great at that!)

Red, Manchester

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