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 Warm Mineral Springs, FL 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 Warm Mineral Springs, FL 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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NORTH PORT — The city of North Port will reopen Warm Mineral Springs Park to the public on Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. pending final approval from the Florida Department of Health.After a seven-month...
NORTH PORT — The city of North Port will reopen Warm Mineral Springs Park to the public on Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. pending final approval from the Florida Department of Health.
After a seven-month closure due to Hurricane Ian, city officials have planned a celebration and appreciation of the community’s patience with free admission to the park for all attendees regardless of residence from April 7 - 11.
In addition, entry into Warm Mineral Springs Park will be discounted beginning April 11.
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City commissioners are finalizing plans to reduce park admission fees to $5 a day for Sarasota County residents and $7 a day for non-residents next week. Any existing park passes that have been reviewed and extended by the city will be accepted. North Port has also established a process to issue prorated refunds or pass extensions for Warm Mineral Springs Park pass holders impacted by the temporary closure.
“We are happy to offer these free admission days and discounted visits as we improve Warm Mineral Springs Park,” said City Manager Jerome Fletcher. “The city is working hard to keep the price manageable for visitors, as we continue to explore the possibilities of the proposed P3.”
For more information about the park's opening visit the city of North Port's website at https://www.northportfl.gov/visitors/visit-north-port/warm-mineral-springs-park
NORTH PORT – The city of North Port is embarking taking steps to reopen Warm Mineral Springs to the public and start negotiations with the one group interested in striking a partnership to operate the springs while also renovating three historic buildings and developing parkland around the ...
NORTH PORT – The city of North Port is embarking taking steps to reopen Warm Mineral Springs to the public and start negotiations with the one group interested in striking a partnership to operate the springs while also renovating three historic buildings and developing parkland around the iconic springs.
The city extended the window for potential applicants other than WMS Development Group LLC to submit a proposal to work with North Port on the springs development, but in the end, no others emerged.
“The city is interested in a partnership that aligns with our shared vision for the future of the springs and enhances and protects this important asset without burdening city taxpayers,” North Port Manager Jerome Fletcher said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to bring a higher quality experience to Warm Mineral Springs while preserving the cultural and environmental value of this historical site.”
The city will enter the evaluation and negotiation phase with WMS Development at the same time that it proceeds to reopen the park, which has been closed since the day before Hurricane Ian made landfall, with a target date of April 7.
Here’s what you need to know about both timelines.
Warm Mineral Springs – an hourglass-shaped sinkhole fed by an underground stream that pumps in 20 million gallons of 85 to 86 degree water per day – is significant on its merits as an archaeological site, which serves as a window to roughly 10,000 years of history.
Bathers claim the water has therapeutic benefits.
The spring is on a 21.6-acre site along with three historic buildings that will be restored as part of the public-private partnership.
In addition to that, there are 61.4 acres of surrounding parkland targeted for development of amenities including a spa, a hotel and residences.
Preservationists who oppose commercial development are concerned that there have been no geotechnical surveys or hydrographic studies conducted to see if the ground can support hotels or condominiums.
Should Warm Mineral Springs Development strike a partnership with the city, it would have to pay for those and other studies.
Modular buildings for the admissions office and a restroom trailer are both on site, and the city Parks and Recreation department has been training staff.
Contractors are working on hooking up potable water, electricity and other utilities, as well as making sure there is an American With Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk from the temporary structures to the springs.
The city also unveiled a process for passholders to extend their admission to receive credit for the days when the park was temporarily closed.
People who want an extension must bring their pass and a photo ID to the George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way, North Port, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to fill an extension request form.
Later, the form can be filled out at the springs admissions office.
It is also possible to download the pass form at https://bit.ly/3ZwSKxb then mail it with a physical pass to the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port.
Prorated refunds are also available to patrons whose passes had not expired as of Sept. 27, 2022.
Refund request forms are available online at https://bit.ly/RefundRequestWMSP
Warm Mineral Springs Development Group previously proposed to lease the springs activity center and acquire ownership of the 61.4-acres for a 250-unit resort hotel and 300 multi-family homes marketed to Eastern Europeans who frequent the springs, as well as a 22-acre recreation and community zone and a Native History Museum and restaurant.
The negotiations are private but any contract struck between the city and the development group must be approved at a public hearing.
It would also restore the sales building, restaurant and spa building, and cyclorama that were built for the for the three-month Florida Quadricentennial in 1959.
All future work would still be subject to the city’s current permitting and development review.
As part of the evaluation and review of the proposal, the City Commission will consider comprehensive plan amendment options that would allow for the development at an April 10 workshop.
A public hearing on the proposed contract will be scheduled later.
For more information on the process visit NorthPortFL.gov/WMSPMasterPlan.
NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - The City of North Port is working to issue pass extensions for Warm Mineral Spring Park passholders while the park is closed. Officials also mentioned in a press release that the tentative reopening date is April 7.The park remains temporarily closed following damage from Hurricane Ian. The calculation of extension for passholders will be based upon the closure date of Sept. 27, 2022, and the anticipated reopening. Valid pass expiration dates will be extended the length of the closure, not to exceed 191 days....
NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - The City of North Port is working to issue pass extensions for Warm Mineral Spring Park passholders while the park is closed. Officials also mentioned in a press release that the tentative reopening date is April 7.
The park remains temporarily closed following damage from Hurricane Ian. The calculation of extension for passholders will be based upon the closure date of Sept. 27, 2022, and the anticipated reopening. Valid pass expiration dates will be extended the length of the closure, not to exceed 191 days.
Starting Monday, March 27, 2023, passholders who’d like to extend their pass are encouraged to visit the George Mullen Activity Center between the hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to complete the pass extension process. Individuals must bring their existing pass to the Center with a valid photo ID and complete a pass extension request form. Eligible passholders will be issued a new pass card with remaining visits and a revised expiration date.
Upon reopening, pass extension request forms can be completed at Warm Mineral Springs Park, however, the issuance of new passes onsite at the park may take up to 48 hours. For passholders who don’t live in the City of North Port, you can download an extension request form and mail it with your physical pass to the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd. Please note, pass extensions and/or refunds cannot be processed until the physical pass is received.
Prorated refunds are also available for qualifying passholders. To qualify for a refund, passes must not be expired as of Sept. 27, 2022. Patrons will be asked to complete the refund request form, provide a photo ID and turn in their pass. The name on the photo ID must match the name on the Warm Mineral Springs Park pass. Staff will provide a copy of the form to the patron for documentation. Refund requests will take a few weeks to process and will be issued to valid passholders via a check in U.S. currency.
Refund request forms are available online at https://bit.ly/RefundRequestWMSP.
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City Manager: 'We will in no way damage or move forward with hurting something so sacred as the springs just for the sake of a partnership.'NORTH PORT – North Port residents seeking to sway the City Commission from its plan to use a public-private partnership to reopen Warm Mineral Springs and eventually develop the 61.4-acre park that surrounds the historical attraction are trying to boost support for their cause, including rallies near City Hall and a change.org petition.The first rally occurred on a fr...
NORTH PORT – North Port residents seeking to sway the City Commission from its plan to use a public-private partnership to reopen Warm Mineral Springs and eventually develop the 61.4-acre park that surrounds the historical attraction are trying to boost support for their cause, including rallies near City Hall and a change.org petition.
The first rally occurred on a frigid Dec. 23 afternoon and a second one was slated for Dec. 30.
Meanwhile, following its decision to fire vendor National and State Park Concessions, the city is trying to hire as many as 10 seasonal and temporary employees to staff Warm Mineral Springs as it moves to reopen the attraction to the public in mid-March.
Park patrons who have been clamoring for Warm Mineral Springs to reopen soon would be happy if the city accomplished that and paused to reassess the prospect of a its development plan for potential condominiums and a hotel under a public-private partnership.
“I don’t really care who runs it as long as they run it in a responsible way,” said Joan San Lwin, a longtime park patron and co-sponsor, along with Theresa Pratt, of the change.org petition seeking to “stop overdevelopment and likely collapse of the Springs.”
As of Thursday night, 1,348 people had signed the petition. The rallies have been held at the intersection of Price and Sumter boulevards.
San Lwin said the petition was intended to raise public awareness and “hope that the commission would listen to the public and the commission to do what they need to do to keep the pristine nature of the springs intact.”
“The foremost objective has to be keeping the water as clean as it is and open to the public,” she added. “Fancy things like the massages and the facials I don’t care – bathrooms and running water and access to the springs are the three main things to me.”
Pratt, who experienced Warm Mineral Springs roughly 10 years ago, moved to North Port six years later so she could visit the springs – which are purported to have healing properties and have especially been popular with Eastern Europeans – as frequently as she wished.
“I, and many others, would just like to see the historic buildings restored and no building other than that. No building in the 61 acres" around the springs or on the 21 acres at the springs itself.
“To me that is sacred ground, that entire property,” she added. “I just feel it’s a shame that so much building is going on in Florida and there’s most probably burial grounds on the 61 acres.
“In my mind, to do any building on the 61 acres, I just feel it’s sacrilegious.”
Warm Mineral Springs is essentially limestone karst sinkhole likely created by those underground springs that bring in water that, early this century was as warm as 87 degrees but has since cooled to between 85 and 86 degrees.
Preservationists point to the fact that there have been no geotechnical surveys or hydrographic studies conducted to see if the ground in that 61.4 acres could support hotels or condominiums.
Faced with that uncertainty they predict catastrophe.
City Manager Jerome Fletcher says such studies would be conducted by the eventual private partner in a development deal.
Testing will be done on every level to ensure that the ground would support any development, he said.
If those tests uncovered potential problems, “then guess what? You can’t do what you thought you were going to do,” Fletcher said. “You’re going to have to pivot and go to different plans in order to make the partnership work.
“You’re not going to discount the environmental studies and the tests and say we’re going to move on and do it anyway – that’s not going to happen,” he added. “We will in no way damage or move forward with hurting something so sacred as the springs just for the sake of a partnership.”
The city cut ties with its longtime contract operator for Warm Mineral Springs to ease a transition to signing a public-private partnership with an entity that would both restore the three historic buildings on the 21.6-acre historic site and develop the surrounding park.
But prior to that partnership, the city is taking steps to reopen the park itself.
Unlike in March 2014, when the deal with National and State Park Concessions was forged, North Port now has a fully functional parks and recreation department – including administrative staff and lifeguards who work at the North Port Aquatic Center.
“The team that we have now, Sandy Pfundheller, our director, she’s more than capable of managing the operations; it’s just a matter of resources,” Fletcher said.
In anticipation of reopening the park to bathers, the city is looking to hire 10 seasonal/temporary positions, including two full-time and three part-time lifeguards, one supervisor, one assistant supervisor and and three part-time attendants.
A city spokesperson said that the city’s aquatics manager would oversee supervisors at both facilities.
Costs would be paid from the $619,140 in the 2022-23 fiscal year budget for professional services related to management fees at Warm Mineral Springs.
Before Warm Mineral Springs can reopen, the city plans to get a modular admissions building and portable restrooms – facilities in high demand elsewhere after Hurricane Ian – and hire a general contractor to install Americans With Disabilities Act accessible walkways and hook up electricity.
Reopening updates are posted at https://www.northportfl.gov/warmminealpringspark where people can also sign up to receive email updates.
On Dec. 14, Fletcher signed an executive order that created a process for the city to either issue prorated refunds or extend passes that can be used when it reopened.
If it wasn’t for Hurricane Ian, National and State Park Concessions may have operated Warm Mineral Springs right up to the point that an eventual private partner took over – even though conditions had been deteriorating – with temporary facilities brought in for showers and restrooms.
Pratt said that didn’t matter to regular patrons.
“We didn’t have restrooms and locker rooms for years and people just dealt with the trailers, with the temporary toilets or changed in their cars,” she said. “Many people have said that ... they were happy to just change in their car and not even have the lockers.
“They’re just there for the water, the healing property of the springs and enjoying the water and being in nature,” she added.
But in the eyes of Fletcher and the city, those conditions were unacceptable. A pay-as-you-go plan to develop the entire parcel according to a plan crafted by Kimley-Horn & Associates was abandoned when the bids to restore three historic buildings on the 21.6-acre springs site came in at twice the $9.4 million set aside for the job.
Shortly after that the efforts to find a private partner began in earnest.
Warm Mineral Springs Development Group LLC made a pitch in September that would include restoration of the three historic buildings, built for the Florida Quadricentennial Celebration, which ran from December 1959 to March 1960 and are believed to be designed by Sarasota School of Architecture member Jack West.
It also included developing a variety of amenities on the 61.4 acres, including condominiums, a spa and a hotel – a move that would also put those amenities on the tax rolls.
Fletcher noted that while WMS Development Group is first in line, the city is nowhere near picking a partner.
An eventual partner would also host a series of public meetings, similar to those conducted when the Kimley-Horn park plan was crafted, to allow the public to have input on the proposal.
Fletcher said that while many vocal current bathers may prefer the status quo, the city has a responsibility to clean and restore the springs site and do so in a way that does not burden the taxpayers and grow the overall tax base.
“There are 80,000 people in the city and the people who pay taxes in the city would say to all of us as government officials, 'we want you to do everything you can to spread the tax burden around as much as you can,'” Fletcher said. “So why would you not look at something that can be used to help do that?”
Pratt is not one of those people.
“I hope the city manager and the commission do right by the taxpayers and the springs and they stop this – they don’t go through with the" partnership plan, she said. “Let them do it somewhere else. I mean honestly I would rather have my property taxes go up than have the springs developed.”
It’s worth noting when Florida is in the news for contributions to human knowledge and not — to draw an example at random — one of its citizens throwing an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-through window.In that vein, let’s turn our attention to the small Florida town of North Port, where a sinkhole formed 20,000 years ago continues t...
It’s worth noting when Florida is in the news for contributions to human knowledge and not — to draw an example at random — one of its citizens throwing an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-through window.
In that vein, let’s turn our attention to the small Florida town of North Port, where a sinkhole formed 20,000 years ago continues to offer up clues to North America’s deeply buried prehistoric past.
Warm Mineral Springs, as the site is known, is an oddity even by Florida’s generous standards. Local legend holds that Ponce de Leon identified the spring as his sought-after Fountain of Youth. Before the conquistadors arrived, Native Americans held the site in high regard.
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Hundreds of years later, a group of vacationing Ukrainian tourists, wooed by the mineral-rich waters, put down roots and invited family over to stay. Now North Port has five Ukrainian churches and a slew of Ukrainian restaurants to serve its 10 percent Eastern European population.
Between the Spanish explorers and Ukrainian soakers, retired WWII Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and diving enthusiast William R. Royal discovered a human skull with a strange soapy substance clinging to it. He immediately assumed it was ancient brain matter preserved, somehow, by the spring’s mysterious waters.
Royal, who’d later spend his twilight years searching for Atlantis off the Florida coast, also found a human thigh bone and the remains of ice-age animals like giant sloths, saber-toothed tigers, and camels. Based on a timeline of when sea levels would have been low enough for the sinkhole to be above water, Royal speculated that the human remains were at least 6,000 years old.
This was 1959, and the scientific community “poured cold water over his bold claims,” Barbara Purdy, author of The Art and Archaeology of Florida’s Wetlands, shared with Smithsonian Magazine. But eventual testing of the skull and strange substance revealed a surprise: Royal was right.
The skull was 7,000 years old, and the mysterious substance was indeed brain matter, preserved by anaerobic conditions at the bottom of the 76-meter-deep sinkhole.
Further excavation of the site in the 1970s uncovered a complete human skeleton, a find that turned out to be “dated to more than 11,900…years ago, making it the oldest human remains in the Western Hemisphere,” Purdy told Smithsonian Magazine.
Also found in the sinkhole: glass bottles from the 1930s, an entire Model-T automobile, and a 78-rpm phonograph record.
Seventy percent of Warm Mineral Springs has yet to be explored. The unexcavated areas likely include human artifacts and more late-Pleistocene megafauna remains. The Springs are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, but that isn’t stopping the city of North Port from considering further development at the site.
A proposal for a 300-room resort has raised hackles in the Sunshine State. While many North Port residents take umbrage at the thought of tourists flocking to their haven like manatees to seagrass, scientists hope that whatever happens, the potential for research remains undisturbed.
“The city has been [a] good steward of the underwater archaeology by restricting diver access,” said Sarasota County Archaeologist Steve Koski in an interview. “Warm Mineral Springs should not be open for commercial tour dives or access without sound professional academic research…There is still great potential for research. There are likely more undisturbed human remains…and evidence of activities of the people who visited the site.”