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 Chapel Hill, NC 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 Chapel Hill, NC 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 Chapel Hill, NC, 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
A famed cookie and a culinary legacy are at the heart of a new bakery in Chapel Hill.Tonya Council, granddaughter of the late Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, has opened Tonya’s Cookies & Bake Shop in the Chapel Hill shopping center, The Galleria.The new 1,200-square-foot bake shop quietly launched this month with a limited menu, selling cookies, pies and cakes. A grand opening will be held Nov. 17.Ne...
A famed cookie and a culinary legacy are at the heart of a new bakery in Chapel Hill.
Tonya Council, granddaughter of the late Mildred “Mama Dip” Council, has opened Tonya’s Cookies & Bake Shop in the Chapel Hill shopping center, The Galleria.
The new 1,200-square-foot bake shop quietly launched this month with a limited menu, selling cookies, pies and cakes. A grand opening will be held Nov. 17.
Next year, Tonya’s Cookies & Bake Shop will add a cafe component, selling soups and sandwiches for lunch.
Council continues her family’s generational legacy of acclaimed cooking, starting with her grandmother’s legendary Chapel Hill restaurant, Mama Dip’s Kitchen, known for traditional Southern dishes and desserts.
Those desserts, which Tonya learned as a child, inspired her own culinary path.
Tonya Council’s first blockbuster cookie was her Pecan Crisp, richly sweet and crunchy rounds inspired by Mama Dip’s perfected pecan pie. Tonya has been selling the cookies for nearly a decade, and in 2021, the Pecan Crisp Cookie was named to Oprah’s seismically influential Favorite Things list.
With the new bake shop, Tonya Council sees the storefront as a return to Chapel Hill. Her cookies were first launched in the town where Mama Dip’s Kitchen was born, and for years have been sold in specialty stores. Since 2017, Tonya Council has operated pop-up and permanent shops in Crabtree Valley Mall and in downtown Raleigh.
“Being from Chapel Hill, my family has always been really big in the community here,” Council said. “I wanted to open the shop where I grew up. Chapel Hill has seen a lot of growth and we have a lot of customers in Chapel Hill. I decided it was time to bring it back home.”
Tonya’s Cookies has had a major online presence for years, but Council said she’s most excited about spending time in the kitchen and with customers in the Chapel Hill location.
The Pecan Crisp continues to be her top seller, she said, with major holiday orders already flying in.
When the full bake shop is up and running, expect a grab-and-go style of lunch and pastry service. The menu will be a blend of sweet and savory items, like collards and sausage rolls, cinnamon rolls, sweet potato cornmeal muffins and candied bacon doughnuts.
For more information, or to order holiday pies and cakes, visit tonyascookies.com
This story was originally published November 9, 2023, 11:06 AM.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill transformed historic Kenan Stadium on Wednesday night from a football haven to a fútbol oasis, hosting an FC Series exhibition match between European soccer powers Chelsea FC and Wrexham AFC. In front of a sold-out crowd of more that 50,000 people from around the world, Chelsea beat Wrexham, 5-0, in a match that showcased the game – and Carolina — on ESPN platforms.“What an outstanding event,” UNC director of athletics Bubba Cunningham said. “The abil...
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill transformed historic Kenan Stadium on Wednesday night from a football haven to a fútbol oasis, hosting an FC Series exhibition match between European soccer powers Chelsea FC and Wrexham AFC. In front of a sold-out crowd of more that 50,000 people from around the world, Chelsea beat Wrexham, 5-0, in a match that showcased the game – and Carolina — on ESPN platforms.
“What an outstanding event,” UNC director of athletics Bubba Cunningham said. “The ability to welcome more than 50,000 people to Kenan Stadium – many of whom have never been to Chapel Hill – is incredibly special for our University, town and community. Thank you to both teams for allowing us to share in a great game and experience.”
The summer matchup was undoubtedly a historic one. Not only was it the first neutral-site meeting between the two clubs and their first clash since 1984, it also marked the first international soccer competition ever held at Kenan Stadium. Fans local and international alike showed up, and showed out, for an experience that was memorable for them, and both teams.
“We had a good tour [of the University] … and a great talk about the history of the University, and it was great for us to hear that,” Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson said. “In England and Wales, you don’t have the same sport facilities in our Universities as you’ve got here. The lads and all of us were shocked when we saw the size of the stadium, not just this one, but basketball. It really is incredible, and I can see why so many top-class athletes have come out and come through the system.”
Nearly 100,000 square feet of fresh sod was installed on top of the turf in preparation for the contest. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Cunningham and representatives from Chelsea and Wrexham met at halftime to exchange gifts. Carolina offered signed memorabilia, while presents from the teams included a flag, watch and ring.
“It was amazing,’’ Parkinson said. “It was a fantastic place to play, and so much credit to everyone involved.”
“It was really nice, and the stadium was full,” Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said when asked about the atmosphere during the match. “Thank you to all the fans here at Carolina. We’re so happy to be here, and we really enjoyed the game.”
Read more and see additional photos of the game at GoHeels.com.
It wasn’t that long ago that Saturday night’s rivalry matchup between No. 24 North Carolina and Duke seemed set to give the winner a push toward the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.Instead, the Tar Heels are trying to regroup from two losses, while the Blue Devils are grinding through multiple key injuries that has hindered their momentum from earlier this season.UNC (7-2, 3-2 ACC) is coming off a win against Championship Subdivision opponent Campbell, which had followed the Tar Heels’ slide from a...
It wasn’t that long ago that Saturday night’s rivalry matchup between No. 24 North Carolina and Duke seemed set to give the winner a push toward the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Instead, the Tar Heels are trying to regroup from two losses, while the Blue Devils are grinding through multiple key injuries that has hindered their momentum from earlier this season.
UNC (7-2, 3-2 ACC) is coming off a win against Championship Subdivision opponent Campbell, which had followed the Tar Heels’ slide from a No. 10 national ranking to unranked after losses to Virginia and Georgia Tech. Now they’re preparing for the rival Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2) in their home finale, followed by trips to Clemson and North Carolina State to close the regular season.
“We didn’t get any favors with the schedule,” coach Mack Brown said. “We’re going to have to be really tough mentally and physically to be able to handle this three-game stretch.”
Duke is just battling to push through November. Dual-threat quarterback Riley Leonard suffered an ankle injury late in the Notre Dame loss that sidelined him one game, and he was hobbled even after his return in losses to Florida State and Louisville.
Ultimately, he didn’t play in last week’s narrow win against Wake Forest, with former third-stringer Grayson Loftis taking over and being in line to start against UNC. There’s also been injuries to linemen Graham Barton and Jacob Monk in that time.
“I’m sure being down five or six players due to injury nine weeks into the season is not an overly large number,” Duke coach Mike Elko said. “But I think that given the magnitude of who it is, I think it probably feels a little different.”
Brown has long said that this is likely Drake Maye’s final college season as a top NFL prospect. So that could mean this is his final home game as a Tar Heel.
Maye told reporters earlier this week that he hasn’t decided about his plans for next year. But he seemed to lean against walking for Senior Day festivities, saying: “I think Senior Day personally is meant for seniors.”
For his part, Brown said he thinks “it’s absolute” that Maye will enter the NFL draft.
“I think it would be cool for him to walk out there for everybody to say thank you,” Brown said.
Duke has been productive all season on the ground behind Jordan Waters (564 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Jaquez Moore (481 yards, four TDs). That duo could be set up for a quality day against a UNC run defense that has faded in recent losses.
Virginia came in as one of the Bowl Subdivision’s worst rushing teams but ran for 228 yards, then Georgia Tech ran for 246 fourth-quarter yards.
The winner of the long-running series gets the Victory Bell, a cart carrying a former railroad engine bell used in the rivalry since 1948. The winner typically paints the cart its shade of light or dark blue, with the winning players running to claim and ring it the moment the clock expires.
Duke hasn’t beaten a Brown-coached UNC team since an infamous 41-0 road win in 1989 that ended with Steve Spurrier’s Blue Devils taking a team photo in front of the scoreboard afterward during Brown’s first tenure in Chapel Hill.
This is Duke’s fifth game against an AP Top 25 team this year. The Blue Devils beat preseason ACC favorite Clemson to open the year, but have lost to Notre Dame, FSU and Louisville since.
This is the first time the Blue Devils have played five ranked opponents in the same season since 1993.
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As our campus community continues to grieve Monday’s tragic events, we are navigating many challenges ahead for the remainder of this week for our students, faculty and staff.Dear Carolina Community:As our campus community continues to grieve Monday’s tragic events, we are navigating many challenges ahead for the remainder of this week for our students, faculty, and staff.Our culture of care and compassion at Carolina is essential to supporting our community. Please be generous and kind to yourself, as we rea...
As our campus community continues to grieve Monday’s tragic events, we are navigating many challenges ahead for the remainder of this week for our students, faculty and staff.
Dear Carolina Community:
As our campus community continues to grieve Monday’s tragic events, we are navigating many challenges ahead for the remainder of this week for our students, faculty, and staff.
Our culture of care and compassion at Carolina is essential to supporting our community. Please be generous and kind to yourself, as we realize everyone may experience the effects of yesterday’s events at different times and in a multitude of ways. Because of this, there is no simple answer or formula for the process of returning to class and work, but how we do it is vitally important.
On Thursday and Friday of this week, we will return to full operations, but we should practice flexibility and compassion for each other as we transition back. The most up-to-date information on our campus status is always available on Alert Carolina and through UNC.edu.
On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the campus will operate in Condition 3: Classes are canceled; offices and facilities are closed; only mandatory employees must report to or remain at work. However, as this closure is not due to weather or other hazardous conditions, students may feel free to convene in campus spaces, and faculty and staff may work in offices or gather as they feel necessary or helpful. All members of the Carolina community are encouraged to avail themselves of the counseling support services on campus.
There is in-person student counseling support in these three locations Wednesday., Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
• Carolina Union, Room 2420 • SASB North, Room 1118 • Campus Health
Due to the campus reopening on a normal schedule for Thursday and Friday, CAPS student walk-in centers (SASB and Carolina Union) will close, and CAPS services will resume as usual in the Campus Health building.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will have dedicated counselors available for faculty and staff today and Wednesday. Information about times and locations will be sent directly to all employees. EAP support is also available online through GuidanceConnect. Log on to guidanceresources.com with a username and password or register with Web ID: TARHEELS. You may also call 877-314-5841 to make an appointment with a counselor. Support is free and confidential.
Carolina’s faculty should also show grace toward our graduate students, who are our cherished colleagues as well as students, and for whom ongoing laboratory work or work in a research environment is often necessary. Please be thoughtful to identify work that is truly critical and be selective as to who is best suited to do that work considering our graduate students’ overall well-being.
Faculty have the discretion to grant excused absences as they see fit; a University Approved Absence (UAA) is not required. Students should work with their instructors to seek approval for requests that are beyond the scope of the course requirements and UAA policy. Students can also consult the relevant course syllabus for guidance.
We are asking that faculty be generous to their students as far as practical and compatible with learning objectives. Please try to ease back into the classroom and be authentic about how we are each processing Monday’s events. Deans will provide guidelines for faculty to help them address the challenges of returning to the classroom in the context of profound tragedy and trauma.
We recognize and acknowledge that many of you are working through your own responses to Monday’s events, and we hope you’ll grant yourselves grace as well.
The University Approved Absence policy remains in effect, and students may seek approved absences for the following:
1. Authorized University activities 2. Disability/religious observance/pregnancy, as required by law and approved by Accessibility Resources and Service and/or the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office(EOC) 3. Significant health condition and/or personal/family emergency as approved by the Dean of Students, Gender Violence Service Coordinators, and/or the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC).
When classes resume, remember that the instructor of record may be a graduate student serving as a teaching assistant. Faculty advisors, chairs, and deans should ensure that TAs have the support they need for the return to class.
Faculty are encouraged to consult with their department chair or dean for guidance if they wish to consider a temporary alternate mode of instruction.
Thank you for all that you do to support each other through this difficult time. We are grateful for your continued care for our Carolina community.
J. Christopher Clemens Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Amy Johnson Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Beth Mayer-Davis Dean, The Graduate School
Becci Menghini Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance
UNC-Chapel Hill is the No. 4 ranked public university in the country and is No. 22 overall in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings released Monday.Carolina, which has been among the top 5 public universities for more than 22 years, moved up one position from last year to No. 4. The University tied for 22nd overall among public and private institutions – up seven positions from a year ago.Carolina also ranked ...
UNC-Chapel Hill is the No. 4 ranked public university in the country and is No. 22 overall in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings released Monday.
Carolina, which has been among the top 5 public universities for more than 22 years, moved up one position from last year to No. 4. The University tied for 22nd overall among public and private institutions – up seven positions from a year ago.
Carolina also ranked 14th place overall in the rankings for best value schools. The University has held first place among public institutions in the best value category for 19 years.
“Carolina’s ranking as one of the top four public universities in the country demonstrates our commitment to excellence, affordability, innovation, and service,” said Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “Our students, faculty and staff strive to make Carolina the leading global public research university every day. This ranking recognizes our efforts to align our strategic priorities outlined in Carolina Next and move our university forward. Being passionately public, we are also proud to be recognized for our dedication to making Carolina’s world-class education accessible and affordable to people across our state and around the world.”
U.S. News & World Report assessed the year’s Best Colleges rankings by looking at 19 academic quality indicators, including graduate and retention rates; social mobility; faculty resources; academic quality assessments by peer institution presidents, provosts and deans; financial resources; student excellence and alumni giving.
“Over the past several years, our campus Board of Trustees has worked closely with the university’s administration, our world-class faculty, the UNC System Board of Governors, the N.C. General Assembly and other key stakeholders to make Carolina a national leader,” said John Preyer, chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. “Our students and alumni are our greatest success stories, applying their UNC education as they lead in their communities, our state, our nation and the world. This new national recognition is the result of Tar Heel teamwork and a consistent commitment to excellence by everyone involved. On behalf of the trustees, thank you all.”
In the publication’s newly added Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects category, Carolina ranks among the Top 50 universities in the nation.
Additional 2024 Best Colleges rankings for UNC-Chapel Hill include: