Methuen Massachusetts - Oral Contraception is a pill taken daily that works by releasing hormones that prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. There are several different types of “the pill” on the market currently. Some use a combination of the hormones estrogen/progestin while others contain progestin only. Fertility is regained after only a few days of stopping the pill. Less than 1 out of 100 individuals will get pregnant each year if they always take the pill each day as directed. About 9 out of 100 people will get pregnant each year if they don’t always take the pill each day as directed. The pill and sterilization have been the two most commonly used methods since 1982.