Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Hormone Imbalances and Moodiness | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmYou can think of hormones as tiny messengers that send signals throughout the body. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, different hormones send different instructions to each system and help regulate everything from digestion and weight gain to mood and reproductive abilities.

There are a number of hormones that affect mood. Here, Ahlgrimm takes a look at a few possible bad attitude triggers.


Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone. Too much or too little can instigate cravings for sugar and salty foods along with a low sex drive. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that a cortisol imbalance can cause dizziness, insomnia, and afternoon headaches. Many women experience difficulty losing weight and chronic, systemic inflammation. A lack of cortisol makes it more difficult for the body to handle stress and can leave you feeling on edge and unable to cope.


Contrary to popular belief, thyroid hormones don’t exclusively control weight. Thyroid conditions such as thyroid resistance or Hashimoto’s disease can cause chronic fatigue. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that weight gain, thinning hair, and dry skin are also common in women with thyroid hormone conditions. Without treatment, thyroid conditions can cause mental sluggishness and depression.


There are three forms of estrogen, explains Marla Ahlgrimm. These are estriol, estradiol, and estrone and an imbalance of any of them can cause a variety of conditions including heart disease, aggressive cancer progression, vaginal dryness, and recurrent bladder infections. Women with estrogen issues may experience depression and constant lethargy.


Progesterone is a sex hormone vital to both men and women, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Without optimal progesterone, you can experience estrogen dominance which can exacerbate depression and anxiety. Low progesterone can cause infertility and insomnia, both of which can lead to irritability and depression.

Speak with your doctor if you suspect a hormone imbalance as, untreated, hormone disorders may lead to more serious conditions.


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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