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Bioidentical Hormones

The Art of Health

Amy M. Anderson, D.O.

Functional Medicine Specialist & Aesthetics Specialist located in Poulsbo, WA

Hormone imbalance occurs at all ages and leads to a variety of symptoms, from fatigue to loss of muscle mass. Amy Anderson, DO, at The Art of Health in Poulsbo, Washington, uses natural bioidentical hormones to restore hormone balance for both men and women. To learn more about your hormones and how they affect your health, call the office today to schedule an appointment.

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

What are hormones?

Hormones serve as your body’s messaging system, carrying information to and from your cells and organs so they know what to do and how to function. Your hormones are essential for a number of body functions, including regulating your heartbeat, metabolism, and mood.

While you may be most familiar with the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen, your body’s endocrine system produces a number of other hormones that help keep your body functioning normally, including:

  • Thyroid
  • Melatonin
  • Progesterone
  • Cortisol

Hormonal imbalance can affect any one of those hormones, which in turn affects how your body functions and your health.

How do I know if my hormones are out of balance?

Dr. Anderson determines if you’re experiencing hormonal imbalance after an examination, review of your symptoms, and testing. Dr. Anderson tests both your blood and saliva to assess hormone levels so she can develop the most appropriate treatment plan.

Common symptoms that may indicate a hormone imbalance include:

  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Low energy
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Thinning hair
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Vaginal dryness in women
  • Foggy thinking
  • Mood changes
  • Adrenal fatigue

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Anderson can determine if it’s related to your hormones and provide the most appropriate treatment to help you feel more like your usual self.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Anderson takes a holistic approach to medical care and only uses bioidentical hormones, which are a natural form of hormone replacement that works like the hormones your body produces. By using bioidentical hormones, Dr. Anderson can compound a hormone regimen specific for your needs to restore hormone balance and relieve your symptoms.

What conditions can bioidentical hormones treat?

Dr. Anderson uses bioidentical hormones to treat a number of issues that affect both men and women. Common conditions treated with bioidentical hormones at The Art of Health include:

  • Thyroid
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Low testosterone

Hormone imbalance doesn’t just affect women going through menopause. If you’re not feeling like your usual self and you don’t know why, call The Art of Health today for an evaluation.