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By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
September 30, 2021
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Starting a family is a decision that couples take when they feel they are ready for it. So the next question is how and what to choose when it comes to birth control. Your health, age, medical history, frequency of having sex, and plans for having a child are all factors that influence this choice. Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta help patients choose the right birth control options for them at their Ridgewood, NJ, and Bayonne, NJ, offices.

Birth control options in Ridgewood, NJ

There are various methods of birth control that suits the fast-paced lifestyle we are leading. Hormone contraceptives are available as pills, patches, vaginal rings, and shots. As the name suggests, they contain either estrogen and progestin or progestin-only. Some may opt for Intrauterine devices (IUD) and few find barrier devices such as condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and contraceptive sponges very effective. IUDs are reversible and can be used long-term. Condoms offer protection from sexually transmitted diseases also. Apart from these, sterilization is chosen by couples who need a permanent form of birth control. Healthcare professionals in Ridgewood, NJ, discuss birth control methods and fertility awareness to women of reproductive age so that they know about tracking their ovulation, thereby preventing pregnancy.

Birth control pills can also help in treating many hormone-related problems faced by women. Birth control pills can help in the regulation of menstruation, lowering cramps during periods, and improvement in premenstrual symptoms in women. Fewer cases of anemia and cancer have been detected in women taking birth control pills.

If you have been putting off your visit to your OBGYN, schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta to choose the birth control method that suits you the best by calling our Ridgewood, NJ, office at (201) 447-1700 or Bayonne, NJ, office at (201) 447- 0467 today.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
September 13, 2021
Category: OBGYN Care

Women go through many changes with their bodies - especially when it comes to menopause. If you are a woman who needs counseling or treatment for menopause in Ridgewood, NJ, or Bayonne, NJ, visit the office of Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta. Both doctors are experienced OB/GYN professionals that can help guide you as you deal with this next stage in life.

What Is Menopause?

Menopause usually naturally happens when women reach middle-age and have a decline in reproductive hormones - estrogen and progesterone. Your menstrual cycle stops during this time. Our staff will officially declare that you are in menopause if you have not had a period for 12 months.

Health-related issues such as radiation or chemotherapy from cancer or a hysterectomy may also prompt the menopause cycle to begin early.

The period from the start of menopause to the end of postmenopause can last for four to five years. According to Healthline, a woman normally starts menopause around the age of 51. However, you may begin this cycle in your 40s, 50s, or 60s - each woman is different.

How Can Doctors Help Treat Menopause?

Since menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life once she reaches a certain age, there is no “cure” for it. However, our professional team will help you manage your menopause in Ridgewood, NJ, or Bayonne, NJ. Our doctors will advise you to watch your diet, get rest, and provide tips on handling hot flashes. You should eat food rich in Vitamins C & D and drink plenty of water.

After consultation and further review, if your symptoms are serious, our staff will prescribe medication or supplements. We can also administer hormone therapy. Hormone therapy is usually helpful for hot flashes.

Some food choices that may also reduce hot flashes include:

  • Soybeans
  • Red clover
  • Flaxseed
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Beans

The above healthy foods have plant estrogens called isoflavones. Isoflavones have weak estrogen-like effects that may help you as you lose estrogen during menopause.

What Are The Symptoms of Menopause?

Once you begin menopause, you may experience:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular periods
  • Sleep issues
  • Hair loss/thinning hair
  • Slower metabolism
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness

Women don’t have to struggle with the issues of menopause without any help. If you live in Ridgewood, NJ, or Bayonne, NJ, professional menopause care is accessible. Call our Ridgewood, NJ, office at (201) 447-1700 or Bayonne, NJ, office at (201) 447-0467 and let Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta will help you manage your menopause symptoms.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
July 09, 2021
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: Pregnancy   Pregnancy Care  

Pregnancy is a fairly long process that may feel overwhelming and exhausting some days. It’s important to work with your OBGYN to learn more about how to get the most out of your pregnancy and make sure that you and your baby are both healthy. Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, are here to offer assistance as well as advice on how to make your pregnancy a wonderful experience and make sure that you get the care that you and your baby deserve.

Pregnancy Care Tips

During your pregnancy, you’ll be spending a decent amount of time visiting your OBGYN in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, to make sure that your baby is progressing as scheduled and to make sure that you are both healthy. When visiting your OBGYN, be sure to ask any and all questions you have so that your doctor can help ease your worries as well as provide you with the sufficient answers that you need to make everything easier for you and your baby.

Your doctor will discuss things like nutrition with you to make sure everyone is getting the nutrients they need to be healthy. You should be sure to consult with your doctor about what foods you can and can’t have, as well as figure out what your diet should look like.

Your OBGYN is here to help you on every step of the way during your pregnancy and it’s also important that you’re relaxing throughout your pregnancy and not overwhelming yourself or your baby!

Contact Your OBGYN Today!

Take care of yourself and your baby throughout your pregnancy by talking to your OBGYN regularly and being sure to follow any of the advice your doctor recommends. Contact Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, today at (201) 447-1700 for the office in Ridgewood, NJ, and (201) 447-0467 for the office in Bayonne, NJ.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
July 07, 2021
Category: OBGYN

Your gynecologists in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, can help if you have endometriosis.

Menstruation isn’t always regular and predictable. Sometimes your period can be early, late, spotty without much bleeding, or heavy with lots of bleeding. So, how can you tell if your irregular periods might be something more serious, like endometriosis? Fortunately, your OBGYN can help.

Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta offer a wide range of OBGYN services in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, including treatment of irregular periods.

The average length of a period is 28 days. You have irregular bleeding if:

  • Your menstrual cycle length keeps changing
  • Your periods are chronically early
  • Your periods are chronically late

You may have irregular periods because:

  • You are going through puberty
  • You are pregnant
  • You are going through menopause
  • You are taking birth control

You may also have irregular periods because of something more serious, like endometriosis.

A layer of tissue known as the endometrium lines the inside of your uterus. Sometimes that layer grows outside of the uterus. When this happens, the endometrial tissue thickens and breaks down. When you menstruate, the tissue becomes trapped within your body, causing painful symptoms like severe cramping and other issues.

The main signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Extended pelvic pain and cramping
  • Lower back and abdominal pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Painful urination or bowel movements
  • Excessive bleeding during or between periods
  • Fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation

Endometriosis is diagnosed by several methods, including pelvic examination, a transvaginal ultrasound, MRI, or laparoscopy.

Your doctor will develop a treatment plan based on how severe your symptoms are and whether you want to become pregnant. Medication is a conservative treatment that is tried first. Surgery may be necessary for moderate to severe endometriosis.

To learn more about irregular bleeding and endometriosis, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, at (201) 447-1700 or (201) 447-0467 now!

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
March 10, 2021
Category: OBGYN Care

Starting a family is a joyous thing, but it can also bring up many questions and concerns, including potential health risks to your baby. If you or your partner have genetic conditions which run in your family, genetic testing or carrier screening can help determine if your baby may be susceptible to a genetic disorder.

Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, have offices in Ridgewood, and Bayonne, NJ, and are here to help you with preconception planning, including the possibility of genetic testing.

Why might I need preconception genetic testing?

If you have family members with a genetic condition, such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, spinal muscular atrophy, red blood cell disorders, sickle cell disease, or Tay Sachs disease, you may be a carrier of the gene and could pass the condition on to your child.
Some genetic disorders are more common among individuals of certain races or ethnicities. With screening, your OBGYN can determine if you are a carrier.

How is genetic testing done?

At our Ridgewood or Bayonne, NJ, office a sample of saliva or blood will be collected from both partners and screened for dozens of genetic disorders.

What do the results mean?

If only one partner carries the gene for a genetic disorder, it is unlikely it will be passed on to your child. If both partners have the gene, your child may have a one in four chance of developing the condition.

Your OBGYN will help you go over this information and consider your options. Partners who are both determined to avoid the gene may choose to become pregnant and then have prenatal diagnostic testing to see if the fetus has the genetic disorder.

Partners may also choose to use in-vitro fertilization so the egg can be tested for the disorder before being implanted. A donor egg or sperm from a person without the condition could also be used for in-vitro fertilization. You and your partner may also decide not to try conceiving, and consider other paths to parenthood, such as adoption.

OBGYNs Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta are here to provide any information and support you and your partner need as you create your conception plan.

Call our office in Ridgewood, NJ, at 201-447-1700 or Bayonne, NJ, at 201-447-0467 to make an appointment.

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