SHL.UK contraceptives ingredients

Combined contraceptive pill ingredients

There are different types of combined pills and many different brands. They can also be taken in different ways. All types are equally good at preventing pregnancy. The pill brand and ingredients are printed on your pill packaging and the patient information leaflet inside the box.

If you've never taken the combined pill before, a popular first choice is a pill containing levonorgestrel 150mcg and ethinylestradiol 30mcg (Microgynon 30 or Rigevidon).

If you would like to switch pills and don't know which pill to choose, order the pill that you're currently taking. The SHL.UK consultation will ask if you want to switch and a clinician will recommend suitable alternatives.


ContraceptiveOestrogen (micrograms)Progestogen (micrograms)
Combined pills
Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel
Microgynon 3030150
Rigevidon30150
Microgynon ED30150
Logynon3050
Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel
Mercilon20150
Gedarel30150
Marvelon30150
Ethinylestradiol/Drospirenone
Eloine203000
Yasmin303000
Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene
Katya3075
Millinette3075
Ethinylestradiol/Norethisterone
Brevinor35500
Ethinylestradiol/Norgestimate
Cilique35250
Progestogen-only pills
Desogestrel
Cerazette75
Cerelle75
Norethisterone
Noriday350
Levonorgestrel
Norgeston30
Vaginal rings
Ethinylestradiol/ Etonogestrel
NuvaRing15120
Contraceptive patches
Ethinylestradiol/Norelgestromin
Evra patch6006000