Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm on Menopause and its Potential Connection to Weight Gain

Marla AhlgrimmMaintaining a positive attitude during menopause is half the battle, says women’s health leader Marla Ahlgrimm. In this stage of life, weight gain is a common enemy that can result in anxiety and depression. For women who are experiencing hormonal changes, Marla Ahlgrimm offers a few recommendations that may help them to avoid unwanted pounds during menopause.


Marla Ahlgrimm advises women to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods, including fruits (bananas, strawberries, apples, blueberries), vegetables (broccoli, cucumbers, dark leafy greens), lean fish (salmon, tilapia), whole grains and yogurt. A well-balanced diet does not typically include donuts, cakes, muffins, danishes and other sweet treats. The goal of a streamlined diet plan, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is to cut daily intake by about 300 calories each day. Continue reading

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Marla Ahlgrimm on the New World of Oils

Marla AhlgrimmOlive oil has long been a staple of kitchens around the world, shares pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm. In recent years, this longtime pharmacist has witnessed the emergence of a number of oil alternatives for people who are seeking improved health and wellness.

Sesame Oil

Extracted from sesame seeds, this oil has been shown to ward off diabetes, lower cholesterol and help prevent sunburn, reports Marla Ahlgrimm. Drizzling a tablespoon of sesame oil on Asian dishes – pad Thai, for example – can be an excellent way to obtain several antioxidants that might be otherwise missing from one’s daily diet. Continue reading

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Q & A with Marla Ahlgrimm – Migraine Headaches and HRT

As if mood swings and hot flashes weren’t enough to deal with, the last thing a woman in menopause wants is an excruciating migraine headache. Migraines are often driven by intense fluctuations of hormones, notes Marla Ahlgrimm. Here, the longtime pharmacist discusses some of the medical solutions that may help deal with this issue

Q: What are the most troublesome symptoms associated with migraine headaches?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Migraines are generally marked by sensitivity to noise and light, vomiting, nausea and painful throbbing near the temples. As with most medical matters, an appointment with a primary care physician should be the first course of action when experiencing a migraine for the first time. Continue reading

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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


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