Birth Control Specialist

Dr. John Barkodar is a board-certified physician who specializes in family medicine, including the use of various types of birth control and oral contraceptives. The doctor and his staff serve the residents of the greater Los Angeles area, including South Gate and nearby communities.

Birth Control Q & A

by John Barkodar, MD

How Effective Is the Depo Shot?

The Depo-Provera birth control shot has become increasingly popular with women who like the convenience of not having to take a daily pill. The shot is given once every three months and is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. It is estimated that for over 100 couples who use this form of birth control over the course of a year, only three will experience a pregnancy. Because of how the shot works, in the rare instance that a pregnancy does happen, the likelihood that it will be an ectopic pregnancy is rather high. The risk of pregnancy increases if the patient goes past the three-month mark to get the next shot.

How Do Birth Control Pills Work?

Birth control pills use hormones to keep pregnancy from occurring. Hormones used in the pill, and made by the human body, are estrogen and progestin. These are known as combination pills. Some oral contraceptives are progestin-only pills. Most women take combination pills. The hormones in the pill work by stopping eggs from leaving the ovaries. Pregnancy can’t occur when there isn't an egg to join with sperm and get fertilized. The pills also make cervical mucus thicker and this stops sperm from reaching the eggs.

Can Oral Contraceptives Be Used for Other Purposes?

Oral contraceptives have a variety of uses other than to just prevent pregnancies. They can be used to regulate abnormal periods, control menstrual bleeding, reduce the severity of cramping during menstrual cycles, decrease the possibility of hot flashes, help to maintain good bone density and strength, and decrease the risk of various types of cancer associated with the reproductive system. Teens can benefit from the use of oral contraceptives as a way to help reduce acne flare-ups. One thing oral contraceptives cannot do is prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.


We accept many different health plans. If you do not see your health plan listed here, please give us a call and we will let you know if you are covered.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Every Woman Counts
Family PACT
Health Net
LA Care
Molina Healthcare
United Healthcare

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John Barkodar, MD
2809 Tweedy Boulevard
Los Angeles

South Gate, CA 90280
Phone: 323-471-3054
Fax: 323-567-9929
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