The combined pill is usually just called the pill. It contains two hormones – oestrogen and progestogen. These are similar to the natural hormones produced by the ovaries. There are different types of pills, some you take continuously, some you take a break from and get a ‘withdrawal’ bleed like a period. Discuss the best option for you with a health professional. This type of pill is not suitable for all women; if you smoke; are obese or have other health concerns.