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.
Although it's known as "the time of the month," menstrual cycles aren't always predictable. Many women may experience irregular bleeding associated with their menstrual cycle; this is known as menorrhagia. Whether it's spotting on a day that you're not supposed to have your period, or having a short cycle one month and a longer one the next, this is something that Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, your OB/GYNs in Ridgewood, New Jersey, want to discuss with you. Some details about this common gynecological problem are outlined below.
Causes of irregular bleeding
Your Ridgewood OB/GYN treats patients with certain medical conditions that affect how their menstrual cycle functions. Endometriosis, blood disorders, and infections can cause the uterine lining to shed at times other than your period. Hormonal medications, in particular those that contain estrogen or progesterone, can often throw off menstrual cycles, causing an irregular pattern of bleeding throughout the month. Anti-inflammatory medication or those that prevent blood clots can also have an effect on the menstrual cycle.
Treatment for irregular bleeding
There are a variety of ways that your Ridgewood OB/GYN can help you manage irregular bleeding. Diagnosing and treating an infection, for example, may completely eliminate the problem. If bleeding tends to happen after intercourse, your doctor may order some tests such as a Pap smear, ultrasound, or biopsy to determine the underlying cause. Oral contraceptives or hormone replacements can balance out your cycle. Surgical procedures may be necessary if conservative treatments haven't proved effective.
A word of caution: any time you experience bleeding during a pregnancy, no matter how slight, it warrants an immediate call to your Ridgewood OB/GYN for an evaluation. For other questions or to make an appointment with Dr. Bentolila or Dr. Saitta, call the Ridgewood office at (201) 447-1700 or our Bayonne location at (201) 447-0467.
Most STDs don’t have symptoms. Stay in the know and get tested.
While discussing STDs isn’t always comfortable, it is important to talk about it with your partner and our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saiita. If you are sexually active, regular STD testing can keep both you and your partner safe. Here’s what you should know about STD testing, as well as ways to treat common STDs:
You can have an STD and not have symptoms
That’s right; you could have an STD and not even know it. Symptoms can show up weeks, months or even years after being infected (in fact, it can take up to 10 years for someone with HIV to even notice symptoms). Some people notice little to no symptoms and don’t even suspect that they might be an STD. That’s why it’s best to play it safe and to talk to your Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN about testing if you are sexually active.
Most STDS are treatable
Four out of eight STDS can be cured with medication. These include syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Certain strains of HPV will go away once the body has shed the infection (this can take years, though). While there is no cure for herpes and HIV, they can be properly managed through medication and healthy lifestyle changes. Your doctor can discuss treatment options with you, if you do test positive for an STD.
How often you get tested depends on several factors
Some people may benefit from getting tested twice a year while others may choose to get tested once a year or every few years. It really depends on certain factors surrounding your sexual history and habits.
Those who do not wear condoms or practice safe sex, as well as those who have multiple sexual partners at a time may want to strongly consider getting tested more regularly by their OBGYN. Be honest and upfront about your sexual history so that your gynecologist can provide proper recommendations for how often you should get tested and which tests you should undergo.
Untreated STDs can cause serious complications
Certain STDs can lead to serious complications such as infertility if left untreated, so it’s important that you are getting tested and taking your health seriously. By catching STDs early on we can provide you with the treatment you need to prevent fertility problems and other issues from happening to you.
Regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or not, you can turn to our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN for STD testing anytime. Make your sexual health a priority. We can even test during your next annual gynecology visit. Just give us a call at (201) 447-1700.
Being pregnant can be a thrilling, but slightly scary experience. Your body goes through various changes as it grows the new life inside you. Many of these changes occur before you're even aware you are pregnant. Visiting your obstetrician for a healthy pregnancy in Ridgewood, NJ, is an essential component of prenatal care. Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta provide a wide range of OB/GYN services to help you before, during and after pregnancy. Read on to learn what to expect when you are pregnant for the first time.
Nausea with or without Vomiting
Commonly referred to as morning sickness, some pregnant women experience nausea with or without vomiting. Although it's called morning sickness, it can occur at any time of day. It typically begins during the fourth week of pregnancy and ends around the 12th week. Some women experience morning sickness throughout the majority of their pregnancy.
Tender or Swollen Breasts
Changes in your hormone levels may make your breasts swollen and sore. When your body grows accustomed to these hormonal changes, you will probably feel less discomfort.
If you're pregnant, you'll probably find yourself going to the bathroom more than usual. This is because your body begins to produce more blood when you are pregnant. As a result, your kidneys process more fluid. This fluid makes its way to your bladder, causing frequent urination.
As a pregnant woman, you may feel tired because of hormonal changes. The extra blood your body produces transports nutrients to your unborn child. Your blood pressure and blood sugar levels lower. Increased levels of progesterone also contribute to your fatigue. All of these factors play a role in your need for extra sleep.
Hormonal fluctuations bring a host of physical changes in pregnant women, but they cause emotional changes as well. You may experience joy and excitement at the prospect of becoming a new mom, but you may also feel nervous and frightened of childbirth and the life changes that will occur once your baby is born. You may also deal with irritability or forgetfulness.
Schedule Your Appointment
Regular appointments with your OB/GYN when you are experiencing pregnancy in Ridgewood, NJ, will help you ensure the health and safety of you and your unborn child. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta so that you can receive quality prenatal care that will help you maintain a healthy pregnancy. Schedule your appointment with us today by calling our Ridgewood location at 201-447-1700 or our Bayonne location at 201-447-0467.
Are you approaching 50? That's when most women experience symptoms of menopause. Frankly, this physiological change is not fun. Your OB/GYN doctors in Ridgewood, NJ, are Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta. They'll help you manage your symptoms so you feel more like yourself.
What is menopause?
Part of the aging process, menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating. Occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, this life change is triggered by low estrogen levels. Women cease ovulating, and fertility drops off dramatically.
Unfortunately, this transition is not a smooth one. All women experience uncomfortable symptoms of one kind or other. Others have very difficult symptoms. Your experience of menopause may differ widely from your best friend or sister's, reports Healthline.
Symptoms of menopause
If you're in mid-life, expect some changes in how you feel and even act. Menopausal symptoms include:
- Thinning hair
- Spotty, irregular and absent menstrual periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Thinning bone (osteoporosis) and decreased muscle mass
- Vaginal atrophy and dryness
- Mood swings
- Reduced libido
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Slowed metabolism
While most women begin and transition through menopause naturally, others experience induced menopause due to chemotherapy for cancer, hysterectomy, or injury to the pelvis.
If you suspect you are starting menopause and wish to control your symptoms, talk to your OB/GYN in Ridgewood, NJ. Both Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta use as natural an approach as possible to the important life change. Your customized care plan may include:
- Recommendations for a heart-healthy diet and exercise program
- Getting adequate sleep
- A smoking cessation program
- Estrogen replacement therapy (for younger women with severe symptoms)
- Supplements such as St. John's Wort and Black Cohash for hot flashes and moodiness
- Dressing in light nightclothes and keeping bedroom temperature cool
- Strengthen pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises (gently contracting and relaxing the muscles)
- Use of vaginal moisturizers and lubricants to reduce dryness
Finally, antidepressant therapy helps some women with mood changes and irritability. Your physician may recommend keeping a journal of your symptoms and what may help relieve them. Many women benefit from writing down positive thoughts and blessings to counter uncomfortable feelings about aging, regrets, and decreased vitality. As always, reach out to your health care provider if depressive symptoms escalate.
It's your life
Take charge of it by managing menopause. For thoughtful, caring treatment, contact OB/GYN specialists, Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Saitta at either of their two offices. For the Ridgewood location, phone (201) 447-1700, or in Bayonne, call (201) 447-0467.
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