Are you approaching mid-life and wondering about menopause? If so, your OBGYN doctors in Ridgewood, NJ, Dr. Jacqueline Saitta and 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:
- Moderate aerobic and weight-bearing exercise at least three times a week to maintain bone health, muscular strength, and mood
- A low-fat, high fiber diet
- Yearly examinations with your primary care physician
- Use of vaginal lubricants and/or moisturizers to increase comfort during intercourse
- Taking calcium and Vitamin D to increase bone health
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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.
Are you experiencing irregular bleeding? Irregular or abnormal vaginal bleeding is any bleeding from your vagina that isn't part of a regular menstrual period. See your OBGYN if you are experiencing irregular bleeding– especially if you have more frequent or heavier bleeding. Eric Bentolila MD, PA (offices in Ridgewood, NJ, Bayonne, NJ) offers a full range of obstetrical and gynecological services for women of all ages.
Overview of Irregular Bleeding
Irregular bleeding is a common menstrual complaint. On average, women get their period every 24 to 38 days. A period typically lasts about 2 to 8 days. Many women experience irregular bleeding at some point in their lives. It's often nothing to worry about. However, sometimes irregular bleeding is a sign of a serious condition. A number of things can cause it to happen.
Causes of Irregular Bleeding
The most common cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding is a side effect of taking birth control pills. Other causes causes of irregular bleeding include rapid gain or loss of weight, thyroid disease, a miscarriage, hormone imbalance, noncancerous growths, cancer, and certain medications. Vaginal bleeding between periods can also indicate an infection of your reproductive organs.
When to Seek Medical Help
You should consult your OBGYN in Ridgewood, NJ, any time you're experiencing irregular bleeding. The cause of the abnormal bleeding could be serious and should be determined. See your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you are pregnant and have bleeding. If you have other serious symptoms in addition to vaginal bleeding, you may need immediate care. These include fever, dizziness, fatigue, and pain.
Abnormal Bleeding Evaluation
When you see your healthcare provider about irregular bleeding, be prepared to answer questions about your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will want to know about any symptoms that you’ve experienced and any medications you’re taking. Your healthcare provider may also give you a physical exam. Diagnostic tests can help your healthcare provider find the cause of the bleeding. Your healthcare provider may draw blood to check hormone levels. Your doctor may also want to perform an ultrasound and biopsy.
Treatment for Irregular Bleeding
In some cases, abnormal bleeding will resolve on its own. However, for some patients, the underlying cause requires treatment. Treatment will vary based on what is causing your abnormal bleeding. Ignoring the problem and failing to see a medical professional can lead to a worsening of the problem. If the cause of the bleeding is cancer, an infection, or another serious condition, the consequences could be life-threatening.
Don't ignore irregular bleeding. Call Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline D. Saitta at (201) 447-1700 now to schedule an appointment in Ridgewood, NJ. Call (201) 447-0467 to schedule an appointment in Bayonne, NJ. We provide women in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ and surrounding areas with superior OBGYN services!
Do you need a pap test? A pap test, also called pap smear, is a test done during an office visit that can help find early signs of cervical cancer. A pap smear can find changes in the cells of the cervix. These changes are usually treated with simple office procedures. Because of the pap test, many fewer women now die from cervical cancer every year. Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta are some of the top OBGYNs in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ. They offer a complete range of women's health services to his patients. Read on to find out when you should start having pap tests.
When you should have a pap test
Pap smears look for abnormal cells in the cervix, which can lead to cancer. These cells don’t often show up in younger women, so there’s no need to get a pap smear when you’re under 21, unless you've been sexually active for three years or more. It's recommended that women start getting pap smears at age 21. Once you turn 21, you should have a pap smear every three years. Your doctor might tell you to have pap smears more often depending on your personal health and history.
What happens during a Pap smear
When you have a Pap smear, you’ll be asked to lie back on a table with your knees up. You’ll place your feet in stirrups located on each side of the table. Your healthcare will place a plastic or metal speculum in your vagina to hold it open. Your doctor will then use a swab to scrape off some of the cells and mucus on your cervix. Your doctor will send your samples to a laboratory for evaluation under a microscope.
How to prepare for a pap test
To ensure that your pap smear is most effective, avoid douching, intercourse, and using any vaginal medicines or spermicidal foams, powders, jellies, or creams for two days before having the test done. Try not to schedule a pap test during your menstrual period. Don’t have a Pap smear if you're being treated for a vaginal or cervical infection. Wait at least two weeks after treatment has ended before having a pap smear. Empty your bladder before the pap smear.
What your pap test result means
Your OBGYN will receive the results of your pap test in a few days. A negative result is a good thing. That means your OBGYN didn’t find any strange-looking cells on your cervix. If your pap test results come back positive, it doesn't mean you have cancer. You could have inflammation. Or, you might have minor cell changes. These usually clear up on their own, so your OBGYN may take a “wait and see” approach. If the abnormal cells haven’t cleared up in a few months, your doctor may order more tests.
Your health matters! You should make your health a priority. Call Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta at (201) 447-1700 right now to schedule an appointment for a pap smear in Ridgewood, NJ, and (201) 447-0467 for our office in Bayonne, NJ. We want you to live the best life possible. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care in our office.
Find out what you need to know before choosing the right birth control method for you.
Whether this is the first time taking birth control or you’ve tried other methods in the past, there are several factors involved in determining the right birth control option for you. Our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta want every woman to understand their options so they can make the best decisions about their health. Here are some of the top questions about birth control.
How does birth control work?
Hormonal birth control methods prevent ovulation, making it impossible for the egg to attach to the uterus in order to fertilize. While there are many methods of birth control, the pill is still the most popular contraceptive method. The pill, as well as other hormonal methods, release estrogen and progestin to stop the egg from fertilizing. The pill also thickens the lining of the uterus to make it more difficult for the sperm to get to the egg.
What are the different types of birth control?
Birth control pills alone offer many different types. You may choose from combination pills that offer both estrogen and progestin or progestin-only pills. Women who are sensitive to estrogen may choose to take progestin-only pills (also known as mini-pills).
Other birth control methods include:
- The vaginal ring
- Dermal patch
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Subdermal implant
- Fertility awareness
What are some common side effects of hormonal birth control?
The most common side effects associated with hormonal contraception include:
- Breast tenderness
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal discharge
If any of these side effects are affecting your quality of life it’s important that you talk to your gynecologist right away, who may be able to recommend a better birth control option for your needs.
Which method of birth control is right for me?
Since there are a lot of factors to consider that can help you determine the best birth control method for you it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Ridgewood, NJ, gynecologist to discuss the best options for your health and lifestyle.
For example, women who don’t want to get pregnant for several years may choose to get an IUD. Some women who may be less likely to remember to take a pill every day at the same time may opt for the implant, patch or vaginal ring.
Are you interested in sitting down with our OBGYNs in Ridgewood, NJ, to discuss the right form of birth control for you? If so, give our office a call. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
Alleviate your menopause symptoms and make this transitional time in your life easier.
While 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.
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.
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.
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!
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