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What Causes Menopause

What Causes Menopause?

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:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

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

Hot Flashes

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:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

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

Mood Swings

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 Bergenfield, 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.

Weight Gain

Weight Gain

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?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
Low Libido

Low Libido

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 Bergenfield, 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.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness

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.

What is Sermorelin

What is Sermorelin?

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.

Benefits of Sermorelin

Benefits of Sermorelin

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.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
What is Ipamorelin

What is Ipamorelin?

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.

Benefits of Ipamorelin

Benefits of Ipamorelin

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:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life with HRT for Women

Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Bergenfield, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!


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After six years, Zai's Dessertery in Bergenfield permanently closes

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After six years, Zai’s Dessertery, a macaron bakery that began life in Dumont and then moved to Bergenfield, has closed.

The bakery, owned by Zainab Illyas, a native of Sri Lanka, announced its closing on social media.

In 2020, the business was doing so well that a second, smaller location opened in Cresskill and soon after another on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. All are now closed.

"I really tried," Illyas said on her Instagram post. "I gave myself and my business a second chance but after 6 years of being in business with many losses, especially from the other two locations and going through too many downs than ups. I decided it’s time for me to move on."

She went on to say that the business was sold to "some friends, who will be taking over the space and running their own Café and Bakery."

Illyas could not be reached for comment.

The mother of three was quite active on social media. Indeed, she often could be seen dancing — the merengue, free-form, slow — in her Bergenfield bakery, wearing her customary black hijab and black chef's coat. Sometimes she'd use baking equipment as pretend instruments.

"I love to dance," she has told The Record. "And people love the posts. They tell me I'm an inspiration to them."

A self-taught baker, Illyas sold her popular macarons, as well as bubble waffles, homemade crepes, and a wide selection of cupcakes and specialty coffees.

Fans wished her well on Instagram as they lamented the closing.

"We will miss your joy and delicious treats!" wrote one fan. "We love you and can't wait to see the next chapter of your story."

"You brought such joy as well as delicious sweets... What a great legacy. Wishing you well in the next chapter," wrote another.

Still another: "We all love you Zai. You have the best food and you truly were incredible."

Zai's was located at 108 North Washington Ave., Bergenfield.

This year's Bergenfield St. Patrick's Day parade — music, magic, and some grand old names


"A name that a shame never has been connected with."

That's Harrigan — according to the old George M. Cohan song. Though it might just as easily be Murphy, Kelly, O'Brien, Ryan, Byrne, O'Connor, Walsh, O'Sullivan, McCarthy, Doyle — the 10 most common Irish surnames, according to IrishCentral.

Names — no less than music, poetry, shamrocks and soda bread — are part of the Irish legacy in this country. And rest assured that those names will be well represented at the 42nd Annual Bergen County St. Patrick's Day Parade, kicking off 2 p.m. on Sunday March 10 in Bergenfield, hosted by the city's Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County.

"You just run into so many people growing up named Murphy," said Brian Murphy, one of this year's parade marshals. "Everyone would always ask me if I was related to this Murphy, or that."

This year, once again, the parade will launch 2 p.m. from South Washington Avenue and East Englewood Avenue in Bergenfield.

This year, again, it will travel north up Washington Avenue for one mile, ending up at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. (You can watch the parade in person, or live on northjersey.com/watchparade, where we will livestream it. There's also a QR code with this story that will take you right to the video).

And as always, the fun and music will continue afterwards at Tommy Fox's Public House on South Washington Avenue.

Once again, you'll see green derbies, green bowties, green beer, green hair, green costumed leprechauns, green-accessorized dogs and babies.

Once again, there will be vintage cars ahh-OOO-gah-ing down the street, courtesy of Restored Rusty Relics Antique Auto Club.

Once again there will be the grand old tunes — "Garryowen," "Dawning of the Day," "The Minstrel Boy" — played by the grand old masters: the Bergenfield High School Marching Band, The New Milford High School Marching Knights, The River Dell Marching Band, The Dumont High School Marching Band, Rockland County Firefighters Pipes and Drums, Tri-County Irish War Pipe Band, Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band, Clan Na Vale, Fusion Core, Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County, The Bergen Irish Pipe Band, and Ninemile House.

Once again, newcomers will mingle with the old lineup: The Academy of the Holy Angels Gaelic society from Demarest, and the Ramapo Saints Youth Hockey Club. And leading the parade, a brand new set of grand marshals: Sally and John Roche of Bogota.

And once again, there will be the names. Always, the names.

Storied names

Irish names have history, tradition, and pride — above all, pride — connected with them. They are names of places, names of saints, sometimes transliterations of Gaelic words with specific associations.

O'Connor, for instance. From the Gaelic "Ó Conchobhair" — "descendant of Conchobhar," meaning "lover of hounds." An important Irish clan.

"There's a great sense of pride, definitely, around our name," said Maureen O'Connor of Clifton, who wouldn't dream of missing the Bergenfield parade this year (for one thing, her brother James — a Cullen — is a volunteer helping to organize).

"We had a shield in our house, a family crest, with the name O'Connor, and where it came from," she said. "My father was very proud of being an O'Connor."

The O'Connor roll of honor is an illustrious one. From Sinéad to Flannery to Donald to Sandra Day, the list is long. That's the one drawback to any popular surname. You have to share.

"There are a lot of O'Connors," she said. "There used to be a Facebook page just for Maureen O'Connors. There were a couple of hundred women on the page."

O'Connor is a common name in Galway, where her father Morgan was from — though it's even more associated with County Kerry, she said. "There were a lot of O'Connors where he was from," she said. She herself married an O'Riordan, and her two children, Bridget and Owen, dropped the "O." They are Riordans.

But what's one O'Connor, more or less — when the county is swimming in them?

"There was another Maureen O'Connor growing up in Dumont, and she was a year younger than me," she recalled. "She only lived a couple of blocks away from me. She was a very bright student. One day I came home to some mail that was for 'Maureen O'Connor.' Two of the letters were almost full scholarships — one to Seton Hall, and I forget what the other school was. I had to go to the high school and tell them they had the wrong Maureen O'Connor."

And her sister didn't have it any better.

Her name was Eileen O'Connor. The other Maureen O'Connor also had a sister named Eileen O'Connor.

Kith and kin

It all comes with the territory — especially in this part of Bergen County.

"In Bergenfield, Dumont, New Milford there's always been a big Irish population," O'Connor said.

Which means there are also a lot of Murphys.

The name has its roots in the Gaelic "Ó Murchadha." That's "descendant of the sea warrior" to you.

It's such a quintessentially Irish name that it's almost become shorthand. "Murphys," in 19th century England, were potatoes. A popular song of the same era asked, "Who Put the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?" And if you want to let people know you're a Celtic punk band, what better name than The Dropkick Murphys?

And then there are all the celebrity Murphys who keep the name green: Eddie Murphy, Cillian Murphy, Brittany Murphy, Audie Murphy.

"It's like being part of a little club," said Murphy, a Westwood resident. "Its a funny thing about having a name that's so common. I grew up in Dumont, and I lived on a street with only 13 houses, and on that street there were three different Murphy families. None of them related."

He himself is a first generation American — his parents were both from Ireland — so he's unlikely to be kin to any of the American Murphys who periodically ask if he's their long-lost cousin. But he's proud to bequeath the family name to his wife, Christa Murphy (born a Maloney) and his children Emma Murphy, 14, and Charlie Murphy, 12.

"In her grammar school, there's another Emma Murphy in another grade," Murphy said. "[My daughter] was the older one. So they always had to say 'Emma Murphy, 6th grade, 'and 'Emma Murphy, 3rd grade' — or whatever it was."

Of course, it's possible to be Irish through and through, even with a less common name. A name like — oh, say — Spollen.

In her case, says Deirdre Spollen-LaRaia, president of the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County, which sponsors the annual Bergenfeild parade (both her parents are from Ireland), the first name more than makes up or it.

"Deirdre is a very, very common first name in Ireland, and also in the U.S.," she said. "And my two siblings are named Kathleen and Colleen. If that's not Irish, I don't know what is."

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