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By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
May 26, 2020
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause Symptoms  

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
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal atrophy and dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced libido
  • Sleep problems
  • Palpitations
  • 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.

Managing menopause

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.

With the myriad of options regarding healthcare specialties and providers, figuring out what type of doctor to seek help from and when can sometimes be confusing. For women specifically, one of the most common questions that come up when choosing which provider to go to is “when should I visit a gynecologist?" Essentially, gynecologists offer an accurate diagnosis, preventive services, and proper treatments for various female reproductive system conditions and disorders.

At our practices in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN specialists, Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, offer various women’s health services to ensure optimal reproductive health. With this in mind, here are common reasons to seek help from a gynecologist:

  • For concerns or queries about female reproductive health, including the breast, ovaries, vulva, and uterus. This could likewise include related and certain gastrointestinal and urological concerns.
  • For questions or concerns about fertility, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause.
  • For sexual health issues or questions such as pain, contraception, libido, safety, and abuse.
  • For preventive exams, tests, and checkups.

The Appropriate Age to Visit a Gynecologist

Females between 11 and 18 years old can visit a gynecologist, family doctor, or pediatrician. Pediatricians or family doctors address most healthcare needs during these ages. On the other hand, there are certain instances where a female in this age range should see their gynecologist in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ. These include:

  • Concerns or questions about sexual health
  • Painful menstrual cycles, especially if symptoms are so severe that a patient misses school
  • Delayed puberty or menstruation
  • Inability to use tampons

A Vital Note on Pap Smears and the HPV Vaccine

It's important to understand that the recommendations for Pap smears have been modified time and time again over the past couple of years. This has resulted in parents remaining uncertain about when their daughters must start their Pap smear screenings. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the current Pap smear recommendation is to start screenings by 21 years old, regardless of birth control needs or sexual activity.

If you’re still uncertain, it’s best to consult our OBGYN in our Ridgewood or Bayonne, NJ, office for specific recommendations. Likewise, there may be instances where a pelvic examination is needed, but this doesn’t necessarily apply to Pap smear testing purposes. Further, the HPV or human papillomavirus vaccine is typically recommended during the teen years for cervical cancer prevention. You can ask your gynecologist about this if you need more details.

Any Concerns or Questions About Reproductive Health, Call Us.

Schedule your consultation with one of our OBGYN specialists, Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, in our Ridgewood, NJ, office by dialing (201) 447-1700 or our Bayonne, NJ, office by calling (201) 447-0467.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
March 06, 2020
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pelvic Pain  

Find out when pelvic pain could mean it’s time to make a trip to your OBGYN’s office.

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing dull, aching, throbbing or even sharp pains in your lower abdomen; however, since some causes of pelvic pain require urgent medical attention it’s important to recognize when it’s time to turn to our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta.

Here are some common causes of pelvic pain,

Menstrual Pain

If it’s that time of the month again you may find yourself curled up on the couch in pain. It’s normal for pain and cramping to begin a day or two before your period starts, and while many women report abdominal pain and cramping with their menstrual cycle if you are experiencing severe pain that affects your ability to go to school or work then you should schedule an appointment with our Ridgewood, NJ, gynecologists. Your OBGYN may be able to prescribe certain medications or determine if there is an underlying cause for your severe menstrual pain.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

When bacteria enter the urinary tract this often leads to an infection. Along with abdominal pressure and pain you may also experience,

  • Intense urge to pee
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Cloudy, strong-smelling purine

It’s important to see a doctor if you suspect that you may have a UTI, as you will need medication to treat the infection. Untreated UTIs can lead to serious complications including kidney infections.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

If you are sexually active it’s also possible that your pelvic pain could be a sign of an STI. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are two STIs that can cause pelvic pain. These infections are incredibly common (more common than you might think), but can easily be treated with antibiotics. If you notice pelvic pain, pain when urinating, unusual vaginal discharge or other symptoms it’s important that you see your doctor right away.

Endometriosis

This condition occurs when the lining inside the uterus also grows on the outside of the uterus. Endometriosis occurs in about 10 to 20 percent of women in their childbearing years. Not only can this lead to chronic and severe pelvic pain (particularly around a woman’s menstrual cycle) but it can also affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. While there is no cure for endometriosis, there are ways to treat this condition and manage symptoms.

With practices in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, our OBGYNs Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta make it easy to get the comprehensive gynecological and obstetric care you need, whether you are dealing with pelvic pain or need to schedule a prenatal checkup. Call our offices today at (201) 447-1700 or (201) 447-0467.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
December 20, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Ready to find out the type of birth control that will fit into your lifestyle?

Whether you are considering birth control for the first time or unsatisfied with your current method, your OBGYNs in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, can provide you with the information and insight you need to make an informed decision about the best birth control option for you.

The Types of Birth Control

There are three main ways that birth control can prevent pregnancy: the barrier method (prevents sperm from reaching the egg), ovulation prevention, or by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg. The barrier method includes diaphragms and condoms, while birth control pills are used to prevent ovulation. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are classified as birth control that prevent implantation of the egg.

While there are many types of birth control, here, we are going to discuss the most popular and widely used options, their efficiency, and for how long they are effective (stats provided by Planned Parenthood):

  • Intrauterine device (IUD): lasts anywhere from 3-12 years and is 99 percent effective
  • Birth control shot: administered every 3 months and is 94 percent effective
  • Birth control vaginal ring: replaced monthly and is 91 percent effective
  • Birth control pill: taken daily at the same time and is 91 percent effective
  • Condoms: used every time and is 85 percent effective
  • Diaphragms: used every time and is 88 percent effective
  • Tubal ligation and vasectomy: permanent birth control options that is 99 percent effective

The Right Birth Control for You

There are many factors that can play in role in which type of birth control is right for you. Some of these factors include,

  • The most effective options for preventing pregnancies (success rates)
  • Ease of use
  • Whether or not you need PMS relief
  • If you’re looking to also treat acne
  • Whether or not you are looking for a low-dose of hormone

These are some factors to discuss with our OBGYNs in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, to help you weed out the options that don’t work so you can find the birth control option that fits right into your routine.

Contact Us

If you want to discuss birth control options with an OBGYN that you can trust, call one of our offices today:

  • Ridgewood, NJ - (201) 447-1700
  • Bayonne, NJ -(201) 447-0467
By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
November 05, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Are you approaching mid-life and wondering about menopause? If so, your OBGYN doctors in Ridgewood, NJ, Dr. Jacqueline Saitta andmenopause Dr. Eric Bentolila, want to help. Having counseled numerous women on the symptoms of menopause and how to alleviate them, Drs. Saitta and Bentolila have the expertise necessary to best prepare you for this life-stage—read on to learn more!

 

What is menopause? Menopause occurs when a woman's ovaries stop producing estrogen. As the menstrual cycles cease, there are a number of typical responses such as hair loss, bone thinning, slower metabolic rate, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances. Additionally, mood swings are common throughout the process. In general, if a woman has not menstruated for a full year, she is post-menopausal.

What is peri-menopause? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), peri-menopause begins in a woman's late thirties to forties. She begins to see changes in her menstrual cycle and fertility, and also has symptoms such as mood swings, decreased libido, hot flashes, insomnia, and more. Peri-menopausal symptoms may go on for a decade or more.

What is the average age of menopause? The ACOG says that it is 51, although this may vary widely. Certain medical conditions and treatments, such as those for cancer, can bring menopause on sooner.

What treatments does my Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN doctor offer? Dr. Saitta and Dr. Bentolila offer a variety of menopausal treatments, tailoring care plans to each patient's individual needs. Hormone replacement therapy is a common one; however, they use this treatment sparingly because of its potential side effects such as stroke and blood clots. Some women benefit from antidepressant therapy as well.

What is a healthy lifestyle for a post-menopausal woman? Your professional team recommends these strategies for maintaining overall health, bone density, and a sense of well-being:

  1. Moderate aerobic and weight-bearing exercise at least three times a week to maintain bone health, muscular strength, and mood
  2. A low-fat, high fiber diet
  3. Yearly examinations with your primary care physician
  4. Use of vaginal lubricants and/or moisturizers to increase comfort during intercourse
  5. Taking calcium and Vitamin D to increase bone health

 

Find out more

Open communication with your OBGYN about menopause and other women's health concerns can help you enjoy a fuller, healthier life. Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta want to help you feel your best. If you have other questions about menopause, don't hesitate to call for an appointment. We have two offices: one in Ridgewood—(201) 447-1700—and the other in Bayonne—(201) 447-0467.





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