Menopause Counseling & Treatment Options
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.