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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.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
November 06, 2020
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: STD Testing   STD Treatment  

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.