Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

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.

Q: Who is Janette Roberts?

A: Like Marla Ahlgrimm, Janette Roberts has dedicated her entire career to the area of women’s health. Roberts is a leading advocate of preconception and prenatal health care. With several highly-regarded peer-reviewed papers and a best-selling book to her credit, Roberts’ legacy of promoting healthy women and healthy babies will live on to inspire future generations of mothers.

Q: Were Coke and Pepsi really invented as medicines?

A: Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola were first formulated by well-respected pharmacists. Unlike Marla Ahlgrimm and Janette Roberts, however, the men who made these two iconic brands weren’t focused specifically on women’s health. Caleb Davis Braham, the “Pepsi Man,” concocted the super-sweet serum as a way to ease digestive issues. John Pemberton, a 19th century pharmacist and Confederate veteran, thought a mixture of coca wine and kola nut would cure him of his codeine addiction. Coke soon caught on across the US as a way to combat depression and alcoholism.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

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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