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Birth Control

Umaima Jamaluddin, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist & Obstetrician located in Bakersfield, CA

Having a baby takes financial stability, optimal health for pregnancy, and the time and desire to bring a baby into the world and provide them with everything they need. If you don’t want a baby right now, Dr. Umaima Jamaluddin in Bakersfield, California helps you find the right birth control for you based on your health and personal preferences. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment to discuss your birth control options with Dr. Jamaluddin.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control options does a gynecologist offer?

Dr. Jamaluddin offers oral birth control, including both estrogen-based and estrogen-free options. She inserts intrauterine devices (IUDs) and can implant NexplanonⓇ. She also provides women with the option of Depo-ProveraⓇ injections.

How do different birth control options work?

A progestin-only option thickens your cervical mucus, hindering the sperm and egg from meeting while thinning the uterine lining and preventing your body from releasing an egg.

An estrogen-based birth contraceptive works by preventing ovulation, among other methods, and is a combination of both estrogen and progestin.

If you choose a pill, you must take it at the same time daily for it to work effectively.

Dr. Jamaluddin can also provide women with IUDs. This form of birth control lasts several years and includes hormonal and nonhormonal options, such as MirenaⓇ, ParaGardⓇ, and LilettaⓇ. Mirena and Liletta work by releasing hormones, while ParaGard is a nonhormonal option that impacts sperm mobility and prevents it from implanting into the uterus.

Nexplanon is an implant that releases progestin into the body. Dr. Jamaluddin makes a tiny incision and implants it in your arm. It won’t need to be removed for three years.

The Depo-Provera (Depo) injection consists solely of progestin, and Dr. Jamaluddin provides it in-office once every three months.

How does a gynecologist determine which option is right for you?

Dr. Jamaluddin determines the best option by consulting with you regarding your medical history, how long you want to prevent pregnancy, and your lifestyle.

Does a gynecologist prescribe birth control for other reasons?

Dr. Jamaluddin can prescribe birth control for reasons besides preventing pregnancy, including delaying your period, reducing cramping, or lessening menstrual bleeding. She can discuss these options with you to determine the best course of action for your needs.    

Do you have to wait until a particular time during your cycle to start birth control?

You can start birth control mid-cycle, but you must take special precautions with specific forms of birth control. When you come in for an appointment, Dr. Jamaluddin educates you about the type of birth control you want to use and when to start. She also gives you a pregnancy test to ensure you’re not pregnant before beginning a contraceptive.  

Discuss your birth control options with Dr. Jamaluddin by scheduling an appointment over the phone or through the online booking form.

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