Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph., Discusses Healthy Menopause Without Estrogen

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, today’s women are concerned about maintaining health and wellness throughout their lives, into their eighties or nineties!  As a result, pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, is working to help women manage the health consequences that come from a loss in estrogen and other hormones as they age.

Marla Ahlgrimm is a pioneer in women’s health, introducing the nation to the term ‘premenstrual syndrome’ in the late 1970s. Through the pharmacy she co-founded, Madison Pharmacy Associates, as well as Women’s Health America, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. has helped more than 300,000 women and thousands of physicians to manage hormone related symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm, a licensed pharmacist, specializes in the use of low-dose, natural hormone therapy to help women maintain their quality of life long after the reproductive years have passed.

As a woman reaches her mid-thirties, says Marla Ahlgrimm, progesterone production begins to decline, leading to a wide variety of PMS like symptoms. During a woman’s forties, estrogen begins to fall and she may begin to notice occasional hot flushes, sleep disturbance,  and acne. However, as a woman nears menopause and, especially after menopause, bone loss can put women a woman at risk for developing osteoporosis, points out Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates.

For over three decades, Marla Ahlgrimm’s Madison Pharmacy Associates recommended natural hormone therapy to patients. However, Marla Ahlgrimm recognizes that some women either can’t or prefer not to use hormone therapy and, for those women, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. has a few recommendations.

Calcium supplements

Most doctors recommend women begin taking calcium supplements at a young age. This helps strengthen bone, reducing the risk of osteoporosis as estrogen levels fall with age. Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm recommends a regimen that includes  at least 1,000 mg of calcium per day. That calcium should be divided into two doses taken with meals, Marla Ahlgrimm states, for better absorption into the bloodstream. Magnesium and Vitamin D should accompany this calcium regimen. The body is less able to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight as we age, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates.

For older women, pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm recommends calcium citrate, which is more easily absorbed.

Diet and exercise

Weight-bearing exercise becomes more important as women age, strengthening the muscles and bone, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America. Brisk walking, jogging, and bicycling can also help strengthen bones, Marla Ahlgrimm states. Carbonated drinks and alcohol can also promote bone loss, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph.  It becomes more important during this time for a woman to increase her intake of green, leafy vegetables, as well as take a supplement like ProCycle Gold for trace minerals and nutrients.

Soy protein can be a big help in protecting against bone loss, states Marla Ahlgrimm. Soy has phytoestrogens called isoflavones. She says that eating soybeans, soy nuts, soymilk, or tofu can help protect against bone loss.

Menopause symptom reduction

For patients who plan to go through menopause naturally, Marla Ahlgrimm cites several ways to reduce symptoms through foods and vitamins. Vitamin E has been shown to reduce hot flashes, especially when combined with a low-fat diet high in vegetables. Herbal supplements like black cohosh have also been found to reduce hot flashes in studies. Vitamin E oil or creams can be substituted for estrogen creams for treating vaginal dryness, Marla Ahlgrimm explains.

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Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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