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Q&A with Women’s Health Advisor Marla Ahlgrimm, Pharmacist  

Marla AhlgrimmVaginal health is an important part of a woman’s overall health, says women’s health advisor Marla Ahlgrimm. Vaginal problems can affect a woman’s fertility and her desire for sex. They can also cause stress or relationship problems and impact her self-confidence. Here, Ahlgrimm describes the signs and symptoms of vaginal problems and what a woman can do to protect her vaginal health.

Q: What factors generally affect vaginal health?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Vaginal health depends on various factors. For example, unprotected sex, birth control products, certain health conditions, of course, pregnancy and childbirth. Just getting older is a big factor.

Q: How does getting older make a difference?

Marla Ahlgrimm: As we age, the vagina loses elasticity after menopause. Also, estrogen production declines after menopause, which can cause the vaginal lining to thin — making sex painful. Continue reading

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Marla Ahlgrimm Describes the Onset of Menopause

Marla AhlgrimmMenopause is a time of life when women experience change on many levels. It is often a cause for reflection in her life as well. Both menopause and perimenopause are notable life events, acknowledges pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. In this brief Q & A, Ahlgrimm answers some frequently asked questions about the time in life that every woman will eventually experience.

Q: Does menopause usually occur all of a sudden?

Marla Ahlgrimm: No. For most women, menopause is marked by a long, slow transition where a woman’s periods appear with less frequency. At this stage, a woman often feels a sense of stress and anxiety that can make a major impact on her daily schedule. Mood changes are commonly noted as the most significant problem related to menopause. Continue reading

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Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm Recommends “Scheduling” PMS to Manage Symptoms

Marla AhlgrimmWomen maintain their Google calendars and iPhones with important dates and occasions: checkups, project timelines, vacations, meetings, presentations or birthdays. For women who suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms, some carefully considered advance planning has also been shown to help, notes pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. Here, Ms. Ahlgrimm presents advice on how to overcome the obstacle of PMS symptoms and potentially live a better life.

The first step in scheduling PMS is to create a menstrual calendar, according to Marla Ahlgrimm. By keeping a daily account of symptoms, a woman can anticipate changes in her cycle and prepare for them. The understanding of when these symptoms may occur is empowering and allows the woman to feel some sense of control. Keeping a journal of her activities offers insight and information that can ease the troubling symptoms that often happen. Exercise routines, meals and snacks, and work responsibilities should all be included on this document, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Continue reading

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Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm Explains the Follicle-Stimulating Hormone Test

Marla AhlgrimmA follicle-stimulating hormone test measures the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone.  Follicle-stimulating hormone, according to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, is produced in the human body by the pituitary gland. The amounts of follicle-stimulating and other hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and luteinizing hormone have often been measured in women and men to determine why a particular couple may be experiencing fertility issues.

In women, follicle-stimulating hormone controls the production of eggs and the menstrual cycle, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The amount of follicle-stimulating hormone varies during the course of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The follicle-stimulating hormone level helps to determine whether female or male sex organs (ovaries or testicles) are functioning in the correct manner. Premature failure of a woman’s ovaries may be the result of chemotherapy, radiation exposure, autoimmune disease or other diseases. Continue reading

Marla Ahlgrimm: A Pharmacist in Good Company

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm is an innovative pharmacist whose work has touched the lives of millions of women around the globe. And she isn’t alone. Here, common questions about the world’s most influential pharmaceutical professionals are answered.

Q: How has Marla Ahlgrimm made an impression on women’s health?

A: Before the Internet offered instant results for any research topic, Marla Ahlgrimm dug deep into medical texts to help a fellow woman determine the cause of her unusual symptoms. Ahlgrimm and a colleague observed for several months as the female client experienced bloating, cramps, fatigue, and irritability at the same time each month. In those days, these symptoms were almost always written off as “all in a woman’s head” and sufferers medicated with anti-anxiety meds. What Marla Ahlgrimm determined, however, was that the patient’s discomfort was caused by a recurrent shift in hormones that we now know as PMS. Continue reading

Health Expert Marla Ahlgrimm Educates Women on Natural Hormone Therapy

Marla AhlgrimmThe co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, pharmacist, author and women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm is an educated and well-informed resource for the practice of natural hormone therapy. Each day, over 5,000 U.S. women begin menopause. Approximately 30 percent of these women have been given synthetic hormone replacement to counteract some of the most problematic symptoms. With the introduction of natural hormone therapy, they have had a powerful and effective solution right at their fingertips.

Two women that follow the same workout and diet program may have wildly different hormone levels, according to Marla Ahlgrimm. There is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for every woman, in terms of balancing hormones. Perhaps the most prominent benefit of a hormone therapy regimen is the fact that physicians can tailor it to meet the patient’s specific needs. Continue reading

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Marla Ahlgrimm Instructs Women on How to Manage PMS Symptoms

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, research has demonstrated that women have the ability to reduce some of the most challenging symptoms of PMS. These symptoms may include depression, mood swings and menstrual cramps, among others.

One of the leading methods for easing symptoms of PMS is to get moving. Exercise can help fend off heart disease and cancer while reducing a woman’s stress level. Not all women appreciate the challenge of visiting the gym on a daily basis, acknowledges  women’s health expert, Marla Ahlgrimm. Instead of lifting weights or running on a treadmill, more enjoyable forms of exercise may include swimming, hiking, yoga, Tae Bo and Kick Fit. Continue reading


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