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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.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
August 06, 2020
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pregnancy   First Pregnancy  

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.

Frequent Urination

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.

Fatigue

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.

Emotions

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.

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.





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