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 Liberty Corner, 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 Liberty Corner, 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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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) had its own First Responders Recognition Dinner on Oct. 19 after Bernards Township un-invited them to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night."The purpose was to honor our members for their service," said LCFAS President Dave "Phil" Lai-Len to Patch.The squad had previously received a letter from Bernards Township Administrator Pat Monaco stating:RE: First Responders Appreciation Night – October 27, 2022...
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) had its own First Responders Recognition Dinner on Oct. 19 after Bernards Township un-invited them to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.
"The purpose was to honor our members for their service," said LCFAS President Dave "Phil" Lai-Len to Patch.
The squad had previously received a letter from Bernards Township Administrator Pat Monaco stating:
RE: First Responders Appreciation Night – October 27, 2022
Liberty Corner First Aid Squad President & members,
Please be advised, having informed the Bernards Township Committee as of September 5, 2022, that the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad ceased performing emergency response services. You and present members are no longer invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Night on October 27, 2022.
Tensions between Bernards Township and the LCFAS began brewing over the summer after the squad ceased operations in September due to a lack of volunteers. Read More: Liberty Corner First Aid Squad Halts Operation After 57 Years
After this action was taken, there has been a disagreement between both sides on what actually transpired and the squad's remaining assets. As a result, the township committee voted unanimously at the Oct. 11 meeting on a resolution to authorize the "Township Attorney to pursue litigation, and all other means, against LCFAS." Read More: Rescue Squad Supporters Criticize Township's Decision To Seize Assets
Township Committee members have contended that it was the squad's decision to disband and that the legal proceedings are to help fund efforts to keep residents safe. Squad members instead say they were "pushed" out and just want a chance to rebuild. Read More: Tensions Rise In Basking Ridge: Rescue Squad, Township At Odds
Lai-Len said even if the township invited the squad back to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night coming up on Thursday he didn't think anyone would go.
"I don't think anyone of us would even go if they invited us," said Lai-Len.
During the LCFAS dinner this past Wednesday, volunteer members were provided with a free lasagna dinner with cookies by Debbie"The Lasagna Lady" Cocino from lasagnalove.org.
JT's Confections also provided chocolates and various donors provided gift cards to thank the squad members for their service.
Charlotte Flohl was also given a certificate to recognize her 47 years of service to the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad.
Lai-Len is currently selling hats and signs on his own with the statement "Save The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad in support of the LCFAS' fight with the township. Those looking for a lawn sign or hat can email [email protected].
BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Just last weekend, some regular volunteers with the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad were responding from the squad building to answer emergency calls from their community. But, as of midnight on Monday, Sept. 5, the volunteer squad will cease operations and begin the process of dissolving.The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad was established in 1965. But membership has been dwindling, and the number of volunteers regularly available is down to about t...
BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Just last weekend, some regular volunteers with the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad were responding from the squad building to answer emergency calls from their community. But, as of midnight on Monday, Sept. 5, the volunteer squad will cease operations and begin the process of dissolving.
The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad was established in 1965. But membership has been dwindling, and the number of volunteers regularly available is down to about ten to provide emergency squad coverage during a period of 30 hours per week when supplemental squad coverage isn't available, said dwindling membership had brought the number of volunteers down to a regular number of ten answering calls during about a 30-hour coverage window, said Dave “Phil” Lai-Len, squad president.
Some of the squad's newest members are college students, but they aren't always around to answer calls and many have recently departed for the college year, members said.
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Partial coverage already provided throughout Bernards Township by Atlantic Health Care ambulances
Ambulances from Atlantic Health Care already have been covering the entire township for the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift on weekdays, when few volunteers are available to donate their time.
"Atlantic will be providing service in the Liberty Corner area 24/7," said Township Administrator Pat Monaco. The Basking Ridge squad, which covers the northern section of the township, will continue its coverage with volunteers in that area, according to current plans.
Volunteers of the Basking Ridge squad had been actually pitching in to help provide coverage with the Liberty Corner squad, said Lai-Len and other members at the squad building last weekend. But going forward, Basking Ridge will not be able to continuing assigning its members to help cover Liberty Corner, he said.
According to a press release from the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad issued last week, "The decision to disband the squad was a difficult one for the members who exhausted all options to remain active. Between other full-time careers, family obligations, pandemic fatigue, and retirement, the all-volunteer squad faced a crisis of staffing which placed a heavy burden on the active squad members."
“Staffing shortage isn’t a unique challenge only to LCFAS as many organizations throughout New Jersey are witnessing massive turnover and suffering from loss of volunteers,” said Jad Abousleiman, LCFAS Captain.
"LCFAS has been an integral part of the community and over the years squad members _ who were once strangers _ bonded over their shared goal of helping to make a difference in the lives of others," the release said.
Members of the squad at the building last weekend said they enjoy helping the community, and are considering signing up as volunteers with neighboring squads _ or even with the professional Atlantic Health Care ambulance system.
Squad members also expressed some concern about how future coverage would be handled. Just last weekend, for example, all the nearby Atlantic Health Care ambulances were handling calls in another town when the Liberty Corner squad alone was available to respond to an emergency squad in Bernards Township.
Mutual aid between towns, and the assignment of Atlantic Health Care ambulances "remains the same and at the discretion of Somerset County dispatchers," Monaco said in an email last week.
After serving the township for nearly 60 years, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad ceased operations as of Monday night.BASKING RIDGE, NJ — At midnight on Monday, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCAFS) made its last ambulance run to Summit Overlook Hospital with two patients in tow.After nearly six decades of providing life-saving emergency medical services to residents and businesses of BernardsTownship, the all-volunteer squad ceased operations.The decision was made "due to increased call volumes, coupl...
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — At midnight on Monday, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCAFS) made its last ambulance run to Summit Overlook Hospital with two patients in tow.
After nearly six decades of providing life-saving emergency medical services to residents and businesses of BernardsTownship, the all-volunteer squad ceased operations.
The decision was made "due to increased call volumes, coupled with all-volunteer staffing issues," according to a resolution the Bernards Township Committee passed at its Tuesday night meeting. Read More: Liberty Corner First Aid Squad Halts Operation After 57 Years
The first aid squad, established in 1965, notified the township on Aug. 5 that they were facing "a critical EMT staffing crisis, a crisis shared on a state and national level."
"Staffing shortage isn’t a unique challenge only to LCFAS as many organizations throughout New Jersey are witnessing massive turnover and suffering from loss of volunteers," said JadAbousleiman, EMT, LCFAS Captain.
The squad also had a final barbecue on Labor Day.
"LCFAS’s volunteers are like family, although we come from a variety of backgrounds and stagesin life, there is one quality we all have in common- a shared passion of wanting to give back toour community and saving lives," Jad Abousleiman, LCFAS captain, said. "We have onevolunteer, a retired nurse, Charlotte Meiner-Flohl, who has served as a volunteer EMT for over47 years – long before I was even born."
In addition to providing emergency medical care, Liberty Corner First Aid Squad provided stand-by coverage at local community events, hosted numerous youth groups for tours of the equipmentand ambulance fleet, and provided life-saving courses to community residents.
"We are extremely proud of all we have accomplished in nearly 60 years and forever gratefulto the community who believed in us and invested in our volunteer organization," said Dave"Phil" Lai-Len, President, and 13-year volunteer, LCFAS.
"It’s been an honor for me to work alongside such a dedicated group of volunteers- they willsorely be missed," Lai-Len said.
With the dissolution, emergency services will now be offered through Atlantic Ambulance Corp. of Livingston. The township had initially awarded a contract to Atlantic Ambulance Corp. in September 2019 for limited hours.
A resolution passed on Aug. 23 expanded Atlantic Ambulance's services into the Liberty Corner section of the township where they will operate 24/7. Additionally, Atlantic Ambulance will continue to operate on nights and weekends in the Basking Ridge area (which is currently the existing hours), according to Township Administrator Pat Monaco.
"I really would like to thank them for their honorable service to our community. I appreciate all the love and care day in and day out they gave to this community," said Committeewoman Janice Fields at the last Township Committee meeting. "It's hard to have to say goodbye after all these years of service to our community. I think every one of us is severely touched by this."
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BERNARDS – “It's a shame it has come to this.”That's what Mayor James Baldassare Jr. said Tuesday after the Township Committee voted unanimously to take the necessary measures to transfer the assets of the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad to a trust fund for first aid services in the township.The vote came six weeks after the squad announced that after 57 years of service, it was ceasing operations and beginning the process of dissolution.The announcement sparked friction between the volunt...
BERNARDS – “It's a shame it has come to this.”
That's what Mayor James Baldassare Jr. said Tuesday after the Township Committee voted unanimously to take the necessary measures to transfer the assets of the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad to a trust fund for first aid services in the township.
The vote came six weeks after the squad announced that after 57 years of service, it was ceasing operations and beginning the process of dissolution.
The announcement sparked friction between the volunteer organization and the Township Committee that has included threats of litigation and squad members being no longer invited to attend the township's First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct 27.
Like many volunteer organizations throughout New Jersey and the country, the squad in recent years has faced a crisis in recruiting enough volunteers to provide 24-hour service.
In the announcement that operations would be ceased, the squad said several factors had contributed to the shortage of members – full-time careers, family obligations, pandemic fatigue and retirements.
Three years ago, the township contracted with Atlantic Health to provide paid daytime EMS service, with Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge Fire Company No. 1 & EMS providing service during the remaining time.
But after three years, Liberty Corner "had no choice" but to cease operations, according to the squad's letter thanking residents for their support.
With the squad no longer answering calls, that raised the question of what was going to happen to the squad's assets.
According to its 2020 federal income tax return, which is a public record, the squad had a total of $786,884 in assets, including $604,879 in savings and temporary cash investments at the end of the year.
The return also shows the squad in 2020 had revenue of $141,916, including $112,192 in contributions, and $137,920 in expenses.
But a dispute arose between the township and the squad about the assets.
The squad wanted "an opportunity to continue to rebuild," squad president David Lai-Len told the Township Committee on Tuesday, adding the squad was "admitting its shortcomings."
In response to squad members not being invited to First Responders Appreciation Night, Lai-Len said, "The Township Committee doesn't know what it's like to be a first responder."
Baldassare said at Tuesday's meeting that there has been "a lot of misinformation" about the squad's relationship with the township.
"We did not want to see the squad go, but it is what it is," he said.
"We did not push them out," Township Committeeperson Janice Fields, the Township Committee's liaison to the squad, said. "It was not a choice we made."
Fields added that the township was "shocked" to learn the squad was ceasing operations.
She explained that the township had the "fiscal responsibility" to transfer the squad's assets to a trust fund only to be used for first aid services. That trust fund would also be registered with the state.
But the squad disagreed with that plan, she said, and that ended discussions.
"We tried to work with them," Fields said, adding the township tried to help the squad "every way we can."
Fields said the township has the responsibility to ensure that residents have access to emergency ambulance service 24 hours a day.
"We're not going to jeopardize the safety of our residents," Fields said.
Some residents came to the meeting to support the squad.
"I'm shocked, appalled that's how the government feels about these amazing volunteers," Susan Kessel said about the squad members not being invited to the township recognition event.
Kessel also criticized the decision to transfer the squad's assets.
"I can't believe you feel this is the right thing to do," she told the Township Committee. "They're down and trying to rebuild, you're trying to take everything they have."
Nancy D'Andrea, a former chair of the township Democratic Party, also criticized the rescinding of the invitation to squad members.
"That's really shameful," she said. "We're better than that."
Gary Taylor, a captain of the squad, was emotional when he told the Township Committee about the squad and its members' devotion to duty.
"I joined the squad to make a difference," he said, his voice breaking.
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Bernards Township is looking to file a lawsuit against the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) after it ceased operations last month.The Township Committee will vote on a resolution during its Tuesday night's meeting to authorize the "Township Attorn...
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Bernards Township is looking to file a lawsuit against the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) after it ceased operations last month.
The Township Committee will vote on a resolution during its Tuesday night's meeting to authorize the "Township Attorney to pursue litigation, and all other means, against LCFAS to ensure the proper migration of all assets provided to LCFAS for the purposes of providing EMS services to Bernards Township."
The meeting will be held on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. The meeting will be live streamed and can be found by clicking on the "Watch a Meeting Live" icon on the home page, bernards.org and can also be viewed live on Optimum/Cablevision TV -Channel 15 and Verizon FiOS TV - Channel 35.
The all-volunteer rescue squad made the decision to cease EMS operations in Bernards Township effective midnight on Sept. 5 "due to increased call volumes, coupled with all-volunteer staffing issues." Read More: Liberty Corner First Aid Squad Halts Operation After 57 Years
In the resolution, the township claims Chief Financial Officer Sean McCarthy identified all resources provided by the township and public funding to LCFAS to support EMS to township residents "that should be reverted to the Township upon termination of LCFAS for the continuation of uninterrupted EMS services following LCFAS departure, including facilities, vehicles, equipment, and accounts."
LCFAS President Dave "Phil" Lai-Len said he disputes the township's claim to the assets. He would not comment further to Patch as he was following his attorney's instructions.
The resolution further goes on to claim Lai-Len and LCFAS Captain Jad Abousleiman have indicated to McCarthy and the Township "an intent not to return contributions, donations and assets to the Township, including some members stating all LCFAS assets could be used for international donations, including rescue squad vehicles."
A request by Patch for comment to Mayor James Baldassare was not returned.
Read the full resolution here.