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 Branchville, 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 Branchville, 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:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Branchville, 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!866-793-9933
The annual Branchville Scarecrow Contest is one of the most unique Halloween activities in New Jersey. Why would anyone want to spend an afternoon looking at scarecrows? Well, these are not your average scarecrows. Picture The Last Supper as scarecrows. Or the Beatles on Abbey Lane. Or circus acrobat scarecrows.We stumbled upon these scarecrows accidentally while in Branchville playing pickleball (we have a home a few m...
The annual Branchville Scarecrow Contest is one of the most unique Halloween activities in New Jersey. Why would anyone want to spend an afternoon looking at scarecrows? Well, these are not your average scarecrows. Picture The Last Supper as scarecrows. Or the Beatles on Abbey Lane. Or circus acrobat scarecrows.
We stumbled upon these scarecrows accidentally while in Branchville playing pickleball (we have a home a few minutes away). We saw one and then another. Before we knew it, they were all over. Then, we learned that it is a Branchville tradition. We go every year.
Since 2015, the Branchville Scarecrow Contest has been one of the lesser known attractions of New Jersey. Every year, there are at least 50 displays with more than 150 scarecrows. Our all-time favorite to date was the witch scarecrow in a Zoom meeting with nine pumpkin faces representing the attendees.
Walking around town and discovering the scarecrows is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a couple hours. You can see many of the displays by walking through the main area of town. There are some, however, that you will miss if you stay only in the center of town. Prepare for a long walk up and down hills or drive through the rest of town. You can pick up a map that shows where all the displays are located or have fun stumbling upon them.
Visiting the scarecrows is a wonderful family activity. Kids of all ages (including those of us with many years under our belt) love the scarecrows. Have a competition to see who can pick the scarecrow display that wins first place.
The winners are announced at the Halloween parade. The judges select the top three, and there is a People’s Choice Award. Come early, see the scarecrows, and then enjoy the parade. Hundreds of children and families turn out for the festivities — parading down the street in their costumes, eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners of the competition.
One of the quaintest towns in New Jersey, Branchville, celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2021. It is a tiny town. We mean half a square mile and 850 residents tiny. And no stoplights. In Branchville, you’ll experience small-town U.S.A. where everyone knows everyone. Don’t be surprised if strangers greet you as if you are a lifelong friend.
Walk down the main street in Branchville and you will find the barbershop, Barnyard Restaurant, Broad Street Books, A&G Pizza, Orr’s Clothes for Country Living, and a few other businesses. Like we said, it is small.
If you love books, then stop in Broad Street Books — it has a large and eclectic collection, and the owners are very friendly and knowledgeable. Orr’s has been in town since 1898. Wayne, the owner, knows a lot about Branchville history. The Barnyard serves excellent food. Try the burgers or the empanadas.
You can combine a fall foliage tour with a visit to Branchville. Branchville is on the edge of the Delaware Water Gap. For hikers, Stokes State Forest is a few miles away. For waterfall lovers, Buttermilk Falls, the highest waterfall in New Jersey, is about 20 minutes away. You might also enjoy apple picking while you are in the area — there are a lot of farms nearby.
Branchville is 60 miles from New York City and makes a great day trip. It’s best to come by car — buses and trains are very limited. You can take a bus to Newton, New Jersey, and Milford, Pennsylvania, but then you will need a car to get around those areas.
If you spend all your time in the main part of town, the streets are paved with curb cuts and are accessible. Further afield is more challenging due to the hills.
There is plenty to do in the area if you want to spend the weekend in Sussex County. You’ll find excellent hiking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and tons of other outdoor activities.
If you want to make a weekend trip, there are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in Milford and Newton. Both towns are a 20-minute drive from Branchville, and both places have more restaurants and things to do.
Make sure to pick up a map of the displays. Most of the area’s businesses have them.
Since we live a few minutes away, we go many times to see all the scarecrow displays. If you are only going once, aim for the end of October when more of the scarecrows are on display.
It can get crowded (for Branchville) the night before the Halloween Parade as everyone tries to see all of the displays before judging. Crowded is relative — remember only 850 people live in the town.
Lastly, enjoy the creativity of the scarecrows. We stumbled upon them by accident and now we make sure to go every year.
he tagline for The Barnyard in Branchville is “more than just awesome burgers,” so what else do they serve? Though it’s touted as a fast casual burger spot, the owners promise the menu offers something for everyone. In particular, you’ll also find chicken, empanadas, and more.The Barnyard Co-owner Amy Fiorentino says the 2,000-square-foot space has a “warm, welcoming, casual atmosphere with fun farm-style décor.” It seats 70 indoors, with additional seasonal outdoor seating beneath the covere...
he tagline for The Barnyard in Branchville is “more than just awesome burgers,” so what else do they serve? Though it’s touted as a fast casual burger spot, the owners promise the menu offers something for everyone. In particular, you’ll also find chicken, empanadas, and more.
The Barnyard Co-owner Amy Fiorentino says the 2,000-square-foot space has a “warm, welcoming, casual atmosphere with fun farm-style décor.” It seats 70 indoors, with additional seasonal outdoor seating beneath the covered front entrance area. Amy says the menu mixes “traditional and new American cuisine using the best quality and freshest ingredients possible.”
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At The Barnyard the most popular menu items are, of course, their burgers. For instance, their number-one seller is the Yard Burger (Certified Angus Beef served with lettuce, tomato, and onion). The MSD burger is also popular, which gets its name from another Branchville business, Milk Street Distillery. The Barnyard uses the Distillery’s “War Penny Bourbon” in the BBQ sauce for this burger; as well as bourbon candied bacon, crispy onion straws, and bleu cheese crumbles.
But if you’re not in the mood for a burger, don’t worry, their empanadas are crowd pleasers too. These hand-braided delights contain sweet or savory fillings like Philly cheesesteak, buffalo chicken, or chocolate chip cookie dough; the latter is an instant favorite of the staff.
They also take customer feedback when it comes to rotating specials. For example, the Country Fried Chicken Sandwich is now a permanent menu item thanks to customer requests. It’s topped with Yard-made sausage gravy and a fried egg. They serve other chicken sandwiches, “but this one definitely stands out as a perfect comfort food option,” Amy says.
Amy owns The Barnyard with her husband, Paul. They’ve lived in Sussex County for more than 15 years; but they moved to the Branchville area about five years ago with their two daughters. Paul has plenty of experience in the food industry, from sweeping floors to managing multiple restaurant concepts. Meanwhile, Amy was a dental hygienist with previous restaurant management experience. Prior to COVID, the couple owned More Thyme Café in Augusta. They opened The Barnyard because they needed a larger space for their catering and food truck business.
Do you accept Reservations?
No, they do not accept reservations.
Are there Gluten-free options?
The Barnyard offers Gluten-free options, yes.
Are there Vegetarian options?
Yes, they have vegetarian options.
Do you offer Takeout?
Yes, the restaurant offers takeout.
Can you offer Delivery?
They deliver directly to Milk Street Distillery. Uber Eats and GrubHub are coming soon.
Do you have a Liquor license?
No, they are BYOB.
Is there a Kids’ menu?
Yes, they have a kids’ menu.
All Photos: © The Barnyard
The Branchville Hose Company and more than a dozen surrounding fire crews helped to douse the two-alarm barn blaze on Mattison Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, July 15:Despite an efficient response, the barn — which was built in the 1800s and sits just 75 feet from the Woods/Reper/Jones family’s home — was deemed a “complete loss,” according to a GoFundMe launched to help them ...
The Branchville Hose Company and more than a dozen surrounding fire crews helped to douse the two-alarm barn blaze on Mattison Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, July 15:
Despite an efficient response, the barn — which was built in the 1800s and sits just 75 feet from the Woods/Reper/Jones family’s home — was deemed a “complete loss,” according to a GoFundMe launched to help them rebuild.
“The historical loss is compounded by the fact that a vehicle close to the barn was torched and is a complete loss,” reads the campaign, launched by Bridgit Schulz.
More painful than the destruction of the historical structure itself, Schulz says, is the loss of the items that were housed within it, many of them associated with family memories.
“What makes this so much more painful is the fact that there were several thousands of dollars' worth of tools, equipment and personal items (including pictures and heirlooms),” reads the campaign.
Schulz describes owner Buck Reper as a “woodworking genius and amazing craftsman” who kept several commissioned projects, crafts, and woodworking tools in the barn as well. Even the family’s recreational fishing and hunting equipment was destroyed.
“Compounding the [loss] of thousands of dollars' worth of projects is the fact that all of his tools and equipment for making such beautiful pieces are gone,” Schulz writes.
“He has no way of creating, relaxing and enjoying making his woodworking pieces. It’s financially devastating and emotionally exhausting.”
The family has been without electricity since the fire as well and is using a generator lent to them by a neighbor, which comes with its own hassles.
“…they are having to make gas runs, double check on their food to be sure the refrigerator is functioning properly.”
Nearly $1,000 had been raised for the family in just one day.
The Branchville Hose Company is also organizing a Spaghetti Dinner benefit for the family scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19. Click here for more info.
“We ask that you consider donating to help the Woods/Reper/Jones family during their time of need,” reads the fundraiser.
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BRANCHVILLE — The borough is once again showing off its creativity and seasonal spirit in preparation for the Branchville Scarecrow Contest this month.This fall marks the sixth consecutive year of the contest that asks residents and businesses to create scarecrow scenes using pumpkins, hay, a wooden support frame and a variety of props. Judging is set to take place in two weeks, with the winners announced at the Branchville Halloween Parade on Oct. 30.The ...
BRANCHVILLE — The borough is once again showing off its creativity and seasonal spirit in preparation for the Branchville Scarecrow Contest this month.
This fall marks the sixth consecutive year of the contest that asks residents and businesses to create scarecrow scenes using pumpkins, hay, a wooden support frame and a variety of props. Judging is set to take place in two weeks, with the winners announced at the Branchville Halloween Parade on Oct. 30.
The 2020 contest featured at least 150 scarecrows in 50 displays, said organizer Jeanne Heinke who anticipates this year's contest to be even bigger than last year's.
More teachers at Frankford Township School have signed their classes up to participate than ever before, and "regulars" including Broad Street Books, the Third Base Pub and dozens of residents are on board as usual, she said.
Three judges will be driven around Branchville on Sunday, Oct. 24, to select the top three displays and several honorable mentions. One resident will also be chosen as the People's Choice winner, which will be voted on by members of the Branchville Scarecrows Facebook page once all entries are submitted.
"It doesn't have to be the prettiest or the funniest; it's what hits you," Heinke said.
The results of the contest will be announced the following weekend at the Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Branchville Businessmen's Club.
The ever-expanding contest features some new additiions this year, including a separate "photobomb" contest organized by the Rotary Club of Branchville. Residents are invited to stand in scarecrow scenes on public property and submit photos to the club, whose members will pick their favorite.
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In addition, Heinke said, the Branchville Fire Department is allowing non-borough residents to set up scarecrow displays on its property on a first-come, first-served basis. Those scenes will not be eligible for the contest.
The evolution of the scarecrow contest is something Heinke never could have imagined when it was introduced in 2016. Heinke and her husband, Brad, were inspired after vacationing in a Massachusetts town that held a similar contest, and the Branchville Borough Council quickly approved the idea after the Heinkes presented it.
The annual event has turned Branchville into a destination for out-of-area residents who want to check out the dozens of displays every October. Other Sussex County municipalities like Vernon and Franklin have started their own contests in recent years to join in on the fall fun.
"The more the merrier is how I look at it," Heinke said. "It's a happy time, and people seem to enjoy going with their kids...I just think it's a nice thing."
BRANCHVILLE — Residents are gearing up to celebrate the borough's 200th anniversary this weekend, albeit on a smaller scale due to COVID-19.The Branchville Bicentennial, honoring the borough named in 1821, will take place Saturday at the municipal building on Wantage Avenue — formerly the Branchville School — and the neighboring field that was once the site of the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.Festivities will get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a food truck provided by The Barnyard restaurant, f...
BRANCHVILLE — Residents are gearing up to celebrate the borough's 200th anniversary this weekend, albeit on a smaller scale due to COVID-19.
The Branchville Bicentennial, honoring the borough named in 1821, will take place Saturday at the municipal building on Wantage Avenue — formerly the Branchville School — and the neighboring field that was once the site of the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.
Festivities will get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a food truck provided by The Barnyard restaurant, followed an hour later by the reveal of items from a time capsule buried during the borough's 150th anniversary celebration in 1971. The night will conclude with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the former fairgrounds site, which is now the property of the Selective insurance company.
In addition raffle tickets at $2 will be sold for a chance to win a quilt handmade by Branchville resident Winnie Jager. The square quilt, 45 inches on each side, depicts various animal and agricultural aspects of Sussex County.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Oct. 1 at the Branchville Borough Historical Society Museum in the municipal building.
Located about 60 miles from New York City on the northwest side of Sussex County, the borough is about half a square mile and home to 773 residents, about 70 fewer residents than it had in 2010, shows the most recent census.
The borough's website traces the origin to 18th century settlers from Connecticut.
It was originally named Brantown, due to a large number of mills in the area. The name evolved to Branchville in recognition of its site at a branch of the Paulinskill River, a tributary of the nearby Delaware River, according to the borough's website.
John Newcomer, chair of the Branchville Borough Bicentennial Celebration Committee, said the group originally planned a week's worth of events similar to the 175th anniversary held Sept. 7-14, 1996. That year's jubilee included a parade through town followed by a block party, along with tours of historic buildings.
Newcomer said "things kind of came to a grinding halt" when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the area last year. He and his fellow committee members, treasurer Beverly Bathgate and secretary Lorie Laux, had to adapt to ever-changing public gathering restrictions while making sure they received the necessary approvals from borough officials to organize the revised celebration.
"We had so much planned; we just couldn't get it together," Newcomer said.
Residents have commented on Facebook about their excitement to see the borough celebrate its history any way it can. The committee, meanwhile, has planned a series of outdoor events that allow for adequate social distancing to keep everyone safe.
"This is the way it is," Newcomer said. "We can't go back (to the original plans), but we're still doing stuff."