The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Asbury, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Asbury, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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Even after worshipping at Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park for 17 years, former Baptist Maryann Bast still has some questions about Lutheran liturgy and teachings.But about one thing she is certain: It’s important to serve.So, when the parishioner heading the church’s food pantry retired and spoke at Mass to recruit her successor, Bast, now 68, stepped up to the plate.“As a public school teacher of home economics, I taught nutrition and foods so it was like coming home,” Bast said.N...
Even after worshipping at Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park for 17 years, former Baptist Maryann Bast still has some questions about Lutheran liturgy and teachings.
But about one thing she is certain: It’s important to serve.
So, when the parishioner heading the church’s food pantry retired and spoke at Mass to recruit her successor, Bast, now 68, stepped up to the plate.
“As a public school teacher of home economics, I taught nutrition and foods so it was like coming home,” Bast said.
Now, she and her husband, Jim, also a retired public school teacher, join about 10 volunteers from the church and the community to spend two mornings a month greeting and providing fresh and canned food for hundreds of people.
Those numbers are remarkable compared to the average Sunday Mass attendance -- 10 -- for this historic church, something that concerns Pastor Gary Woodruff, there for eight years after his first call by the church right after seminary.
Noting the area population rise over the last decade, when there has been a building resurgence in Asbury Park, Woodruff said new residents “do not see church as a necessity.”
The Wednesday morning I visited last month, I drove by no fewer than a dozen new construction projects, from large buildings to home remodeling.
Atonement is one of four large, mainline houses of worship -- Episcopal, Methodist and now Haitian Baptist -- surrounding Asbury Park’s historic Library Square Park. The neighborhood is filled with large homes with mostly manicured lawns echoing back to the town about 100 years ago.
Woodruff acknowledged that all of the churches are struggling to attract new worshippers. For him, he sees two ways to bring people to the church: social justice initiatives and getting outdoors in the community.
Walking through Atonement’s clean, modern complex built 50 years ago -- when the church was filled and bustling every Sunday, according to Jim Bast, former church president -- I stumbled on Diane Brockel, vice president, organizing feminine hygiene products. The church, she explained, was collecting bras, tampons, underwear and the like, “supporting the girls.”
She described how the church participates with other area houses of worship in the “Women’s Hospitality Network.” One night a week from December through March, homeless women enter the complex for dinner, spend the evening, sleep on air mattresses, have breakfast and then go on their way. She said they average about eight women per visit.
Woodruff believes these ventures are required of every Lutheran and Christian. But it has to be more than just charity.
“Christians forget that it’s part of discipleship,” he said, meaning that following Jesus means serving others.
Atonement was founded in 1890 and had been a thriving church for over 100 years.
Woodruff always hopes some volunteers or people helped might find their way to Mass though it’s not expected.
Later that day, I attended one of Woodruff’s outreach programs on the lawn of the church, “Wednesday Prayer Picnic.” About 10 people brought lawn chairs and snacks for an evening of song and prayer. Linda Bacon opened on her guitar with “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and you could see that the participants know each other and enjoy this visible sign of prayer.
It was a breezy, beautiful summer 5:30 p.m. when they started. About two dozen people jogged, biked or walked by the event, located about two blocks from the Asbury Park boardwalk and ocean. Some nodded, others greeted them and they went on their way. Among the group were two Catholics Woodruff singled out in some Lutheran banter about good works. Later, he told me that they are friends of parishioners and occasionally attend Mass at Atonement. Lutheran Mass is almost identical to Catholic Mass.
Woodruff, 36, was wearing shorts with a clerical shirt.
“I want to be visible (as a pastor) to the community,” said the affable, loquacious man with a shock of curly hair who’s good at making people feel at ease.
Another effort they undertake is “Beer and Bible” at the local beer hall plus Lenten Soup Suppers and Movie Nights with the Pastor.
Woodruff acknowledged that the church lives off an endowment to cover expenses. He said that the church is in a transition as the older generation is dying off, moving out of increasingly expensive Asbury Park, or going into assisted living.
It’s time to bring in new blood, Woodruff said, noting that he revels when five or more children are at Sunday Mass.
Woodruff’s optimism and creativity seem the right medicine to revive a historic church even if results are slow in coming. But he knows that he’s only a vessel. As their church brochure reads, “It is Christ who unites us in water and word, body and blood.”
The Rev. Alexander Santora is the pastor of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, 400 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Email: [email protected]; Twitter: @padrehoboken.
Atonement Lutheran Church is located at 308 First Ave., Asbury Park. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m., preceded at 9 a.m. by Bible study for all. For information, call 732-776-5727, email [email protected], or go to atonementlutheranchurch.com.
Essex County put together a banner year of high school football in 2021 as four teams won regional championships.The 2022 season gets started this weekend, and true state champions will be crowned for the first time.Will any Essex County teams be among the first batch of true state champion...
Essex County put together a banner year of high school football in 2021 as four teams won regional championships.
The 2022 season gets started this weekend, and true state champions will be crowned for the first time.
Will any Essex County teams be among the first batch of true state champions? That's still a few months away. For now, here are the preseason Essex County 8 rankings. (Last year's records are in parentheses.)
Three of the Mountaineers' four losses last year came against regional champions. Three-star recruit Saboor Karriem has garnered interest from colleges like Duke and Illinois after registering five interceptions as a junior. Georgia Tech commit Gensley Auguste and junior Zekhi Wimberly, who already has offers from the schools like Syracuse, lead a tough defense asked to combat some of the county's best offenses.
First game: Sept. 3 at. Montclair
The Mounties were a tough out last season, holding on against Passaic Tech in three overtimes before being eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs. Now, under the guidance of Jermain Johnson, can Montclair return among the elite in Essex County? Three straight years of .500 records have separated Montclair from the consistent success that made it the winningest program in the state of New Jersey.
First game: Sept. 3 vs. West Orange
A late touchdown surrendered against Mountain Lakes prevented Weequahic from competing for a sectional title last fall, but the Indians' 2021 season flew under the radar with the rest of the county's success. Rashawn Marshall emerged as one of the county's top offensive weapons and he's back as a junior. Seniors Quentin Reid and Andre Jenkinson Jr. lead a defense that won't be fun to try and score against.
First game: Sept. 2 vs. Asbury Park
The Panthers ended last season by winning the North Group 1 regional title at MetLife Stadium. Their only loss came during the regular season to Caldwell, which went on to win the North Group 2 regional title. Junior Nick Iannacone, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the regional final, leads a shifty and speedy offense. Seniors James Cantarelli and Denham Ingalls return after strong junior seasons on defense.
First game: Aug. 26 at Salem (at Ocean City HS)
The Chiefs share the state's longest active win streak with Cedar Creek after going undefeated and winning the North Group 2 regional title last fall. Senior Luke Kurzum leads an offense that gained more than 4,000 total yards last season. The physical duo of junior Julian Casale and senior Harry Boland have been known to shut down opposing offenses, combining for 197 tackles during last season's championship run.
First game: Sept. 2 at Morris Catholic
The Jaguars went undefeated on the way to the North Group 5 championship over Clifton, which ended in controversial fashion. East Orange will miss last year's senior class, as well as retired head coach Rae Oliver. Joshua Richards returns as a skilled receiver committed to Maryland, while senior BJ Covington returns as a lockdown defender in the secondary.
First game: Sept. 1 at Clifton
The Pirates were the talk of the state high school football scene for a good chunk of last season, beating Don Bosco and holding their own with Bergen Catholic and St. Peter's Prep. Junior Jaylen McClain is already gaining a lot of recruiting attention with 19 Division I offers, while senior defensive back Darren Burton II is a Hampton commit that will guide a young and physical defense.
First game: Aug. 27 vs. Delbarton
The Blue Knights ended more than a century of waiting for a sectional title last fall, then upset previously-unbeaten Northern Highlands in the North Group 4 regional championship game at Rutgers. Senior Adon Shuler, a Notre Dame commit, returns to lead an Irvington defense among the most feared in the state. Senior receiver Famah Toure, a Rutgers commit and junior Kyshir Desir, a 1,000-yard rusher a season ago, are players to watch on a talented offense.
First game: Aug. 26 at Woodbridge
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You’re not alone if some of your neighbors, co-workers or family members have said these words this summer: “I never remember it being so hot around here.”Yes, it has been a very hot summer in New Jersey, and also in our neighboring regions of New York City and Philadelphia.We’ve had at least two long heat waves, high humidity, two to three dozen days with temperatures soaring into the 90s, and several days with the mercury hitting the super-scorching triple digits.But it’s nowhere close to ...
You’re not alone if some of your neighbors, co-workers or family members have said these words this summer: “I never remember it being so hot around here.”
Yes, it has been a very hot summer in New Jersey, and also in our neighboring regions of New York City and Philadelphia.
We’ve had at least two long heat waves, high humidity, two to three dozen days with temperatures soaring into the 90s, and several days with the mercury hitting the super-scorching triple digits.
But it’s nowhere close to record territory, in terms of how many days we’ve had with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or hotter, according to data from the National Weather Service’s main weather reporting stations in our region.
(Note: The data below was updated to include Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, the final days of the latest heat wave, which lasted 10 days in the Newark area and eight days in the Atlantic City area.)
Here's how many days the temperature has reached 90° or higher at each location, along with the historical average (normal) and record for the entire year. This year's stats run through Aug. 11.
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In many places, last summer actually had more hot days than this summer. (How quickly we forget!) And it turned out to be the sixth hottest summer on record in New Jersey — based on statewide data for June, July and August going all the way back to 1895.
Those stats factor in not only the hot daytime highs but also the warm nighttime lows, which have been consistently creeping up during the past three to four decades, according to the office of New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson at Rutgers University.
New Jersey’s hottest summer ever was in 2010, and that’s the year most of the weather service reporting stations in our region (including Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City) recorded the highest number of 90-degree days. The state’s second hottest summer was in 2020 — just two years ago.
We still have the rest of August to go before we will know where the summer of 2022 will rank. But here’s a look at how many days we’ve had so far (up through Thursday night, Aug. 11) with the mercury reaching 90 degrees or hotter.
In case you’re wondering how many 100-degree days we’ve had this summer compared to normal, here’s a look:
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I’ve been a Springsteen fan since ... well I’m not going to say the year I fell in love with his music because it’ll really age me. But I will tell you that I’ve been visiting the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park since it opened in 2002.The Wonder Bar is a place so unique, that it could only work in Asbury Park. It’s a favorite of locals and visitors, offering live music, food, and great drinks. Yes, in the light of day it feels a little ... well, is seedy the right word? But don’t be fooled. The Wonder Ba...
I’ve been a Springsteen fan since ... well I’m not going to say the year I fell in love with his music because it’ll really age me. But I will tell you that I’ve been visiting the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park since it opened in 2002.
The Wonder Bar is a place so unique, that it could only work in Asbury Park. It’s a favorite of locals and visitors, offering live music, food, and great drinks. Yes, in the light of day it feels a little ... well, is seedy the right word? But don’t be fooled. The Wonder Bar is magic.
Whether you’re having fun on the dance floor or enjoying a cold beverage on the spacious outdoor deck, it’s an amazing spot for original, live music on the Jersey Shore. It’s always been associated with local legends like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Clarence Clemons, and many others.
And this weekend was special: it’s the 20th anniversary. Its co-owner, Debbie DeLisa was proud to post a special shoutout from Bruce Springsteen on her Facebook page, congratulating her and co-owner Lance Larson, another Jersey shore music legend on Sunday, July 31.
In it, Bruce said, “Hey Debbie, I just want to congratulate you on 20 years of the Wonder Bar, a fabulous Asbury Park institution. We need you, we love you - have another great 20. Bye-bye.”
And just to make the anniversary weekend more special, Bruce showed up at the Wonder Bar in person, shooting a congratulatory video along with Debbie, which was widely shared on Twitter.
There were special shows all weekend to commemorate the occasion, ending with original E-Street band member Vini Lopez and the Wonderful Winos, joined by his former Lors Gunner bandmate and co-owner Lance Larson.
The Wonder Bar is dog-friendly and famous for Debbie’s brainstorm, Yappy Hour, which happens each week during the summer season where you can hang out on the outside deck and enjoy food and drinks while your pup romps around in a large fenced-in area.
There are swimming pools, an agility course, and a special “time out” area for those who need to unwind. Dogs of all sizes are welcome Thursday through Sunday, and small dogs have their turn on Mondays.
The bar’s outside deck is named “Tillie’s Landing” after Tillie, a grinning mural that was originally located on the side of Palace Amusements.
Wonder Bar is an important city landmark and beloved by not only Bruce Springsteen, but by people (and pups) from all over NJ, who travel from near and far for the unique WonderBar experience. As Bruce said, here’s to the next 20!
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Do not adjust your signal -- your television is about to get weird, New Jersey style."Weird NJ," the hit magazine and book series from Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman that's been chronicling the strange and unusual since 1993, is being developed as a potential live-action horror/comedy series by Sony Pictures Television, ...
Do not adjust your signal -- your television is about to get weird, New Jersey style.
"Weird NJ," the hit magazine and book series from Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman that's been chronicling the strange and unusual since 1993, is being developed as a potential live-action horror/comedy series by Sony Pictures Television, Deadline reported on Monday.
Kieran Valla, co-creator of the FX animated series "Little Demon," filmmaker David Kaufmann and Vertigo Entertainment are behind the series. Valla and Kaufmann developed the series' story, which Deadline reported "will utilize the true-life mythology and legends of 'Weird NJ' paired with original characters to create a scripted horror-comedy series highlighting the back roads and haunted places of the Garden State."
“Just about everything is in place, in that I guess they have the writers and the executive producers and the studio," Moran told the Asbury Park Press. "I guess the next step would be to find an outlet for it, as far as a channel to carry it, whether it be whatever, who knows. But fortunately, I don’t have to get too involved with that end.”
Deadline described the series as "'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' meets 'Stranger Things.'"
“We’ve been approached dozens of times over the years, but generally they were not opportunities that we thought had any legs to them," Moran said. "Sometimes people just didn’t necessarily have the right idea in our eyes. But this one was really what we wanted to do.
“Most of the people that have approached us over the years, a lot of them wanted to do either a documentary-type thing or a reality thing, which we just weren’t interested in because everybody knows the story, we’ve written the whole thing down already. After I don’t know how many issues and special issues and books, the story is told. And the reality is most of the time we’re sitting at a computer writing, so it’s not exactly the most scintillating visual.”
Following the "Weird U.S." travelogue series which aired on the History Channel from 2004 to 2005, Moran said the upcoming narrative horror/comedy approach made sense for the brand's television return.
"We thought the next logical step would be to have a scripted thing, semi-fictional, semi-biographical but at the same time with enough fiction (put) into it that you could really write a plot and not be 100% reality-based,” Moran said.