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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.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
February 11, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Alleviate your menopause symptoms and make this transitional time in your life easier.

Woman with MenopauseWhile there are many women who go through menopause and only experience the occasional hot flash or trouble falling asleep, while other women find themselves dealing with some rather severe and challenging menopause symptoms. If you are dealing with weight gain, hot flashes, mood changes, or insomnia due to menopause, our OBGYNs in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ, Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta, can help you manage your symptoms.

 

Hot Flashes

This is one of the most common complaints when it comes to menopause symptoms. Fortunately, there are many medications that can help reduce hot flashes including certain low-dose depression medications and hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy is a great way to prevent osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones, as well as reduce night sweats and hot flashes. This therapy replaces depleting levels of estrogen and progesterone to reduce symptoms of menopause and to improve how your body functions.

 

Night Sweats

If you are experiencing hot flashes while you sleep this is known as night sweats. There are several strategies you can try to reduce your night sweats such as,

  • Wearing light pajamas or clothing
  • Placing a fan near the bed
  • Placing a cold pack under your pillow
  • Using light, wicking bedding

If night sweats are severe and you can’t find relief, talk to our gynecologist about whether hormone replacement therapy could prevent or reduce the severity of your night sweats.

 

Mood Changes

Due to hormonal fluctuations in menopause, it’s normal for women to experience bouts of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and irritability. Sometimes these symptoms may even feel as if they show up out of the blue. While deep breathing and relaxation techniques can help alleviate stress and anxiety, our gynecologists in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ, can also prescribe medications such as antidepressants to help balance out chemical imbalances.

 

Pain with Intercourse

Menopause can also cause sexual changes such as vaginal dryness or a loss of libido. If you are dealing with vaginal dryness, our gynecologists can prescribe different vaginal moisturizers and lubricants, which can help make sex more comfortable and enjoyable.

 

Need Relief? Give Us a Call!

Are you dealing with menopause symptoms that are affecting your quality of life? No matter whether you are having trouble sleeping or you are fighting daytime fatigue, our OBGYN team has offices in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ, to help you. Call us today at 201-447-0467 (Bayonne) or 201-447-1700 (Ridgewood) to schedule your appointment!

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
January 04, 2018
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Are you suffering from hot flashes day in and day out? Are you wondering if any of this is normal? Do you need to speak to an OBGYN? menopauseLook no further, our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN, Dr. Eric Bentolila, is here to help.

What Causes Menopause?

Menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55, when levels of estrogen and progesterone produced by a woman's body change, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The natural decline of both those reproductive hormones occurs as women age.

Menopause may also occur if a woman has undergone a hysterectomy, radiation or chemotherapy.

What are Common Menopause Symptoms?

There are well-known symptoms, such as:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes

There are other symptoms women suffer from and, unfortunately, they aren't as well known or discussed as much:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep problems
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair

Your body is going through new changes, so bleeding and/or spotting after menopause is not normal.

You need to consult with your Ridgewood doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms.

What Menopause Treatments are Available?

Treatments will not reverse the condition but will help comfort you. Your doctor can provide you with advice, medications or other treatments that may help alleviate any pain or inconvenient symptoms.

  • A better diet
  • Exercising
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Quitting smoking
  • Wearing layers to help with overheating during hot flashes
  • Hormone therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Medications and supplements.

To understand which treatment is best for you, consult with your doctor.

Menopause is not something you need to face alone. Your doctor can provide you with the support you need. If you would like more information on menopause, give Dr. Eric Bentolila in Ridgewood, NJ a call at 201-447-1700.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
February 16, 2017
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Our goal is to make this transition in your life a whole lot easier.menopause

One thing is certain: all women will experience menopause. While some may breeze through it without the dreaded hot flashes or mood swings, if you are having a difficult time getting your menopause symptoms under control our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN, Dr. Eric Bentolila, is here to help. Learn more about menopause and your treatment options.

What are some menopause symptoms?

The two most common symptoms that women in menopause experience are hot flashes and irregular periods. Of course, there are a host of other issues that can present themselves, from mood swings and night sweats to thinning hair and vaginal dryness. Why menopause is a natural change that women go through it doesn’t mean that you just have to deal with these symptoms.

What are my treatment options?

Treatment is not designed to stop menopause but it will do a lot to lessen and even eliminate some of your symptoms and to make the transition much smoother and easier. When you come in to visit our Ridgewood gynecologist we will discuss simple lifestyle changes you can make to improve your symptoms. Common changes include reevaluating and altering your diet to eat healthier, making sure you are getting enough sleep, quitting smoking or other bad habits, getting regular exercise, etc.

If your symptoms are more serious or are disrupting your daily activities then we will also talk to you about other ways to handle your symptoms, whether through supplements, antidepressants or hormone therapy. Hormone therapy provides the body with estrogen and progesterone to help reduce the symptoms associated with menopause. While estrogen may seem only important for childbearing years, this hormone is actually important for how your body absorbs calcium, which is necessary for strong, healthy bones and for supporting good cholesterol levels.

The best way to find out what supplements, medication or hormone replacement therapy is right for you is to come in for a consultation. We will sit down with you and discuss the advantages and disadvantages that come with these different treatments so you can make a more informed decision. Also, we will need to consider other factors like personal and family medical history to help us determine which treatments will be most effective for targeting your menopause symptoms.

If you are looking for the best way to address your menopause symptoms then call our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYN office today to schedule an appointment with us. We are here for you!