Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm Simplifies Common Healthcare Terms

Marla AhlgrimmThe world of women’s health is full of confusing terminology that most people wouldn’t dare use in everyday conversation, says Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following brief post, the retired women’s healthcare expert simplifies a few of the most confusing terms tossed about the doctor’s office.

Advance directive. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, an advance directive is a set of written instructions outlining a patient’s wishes should he or she become too ill to direct their medical care. A healthcare power of attorney is an example of an advance directive.

Alveolar cells. These are the tiny glands within the breast that produce milk.

Cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a condition affecting the liver and results from chronic liver disease. Liver cirrhosis happens when the liver is no longer able to function properly due to scarring, explains Marla Ahlgrimm. Cirrhosis can cause bleeding disorders and fluid buildup in the abdomen.

Diaphragm. A diaphragm is a type of birth control that Marla Ahlgrimm describes as a flexible thin disk designed to occlude sperm from the uterus.

Endometriosis. This is a reproductive disorder that results when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus but continues to function as though it were properly placed. During the menstrual cycle, bloodshed from this tissue can cause inflammation which results in scar tissue. Common symptoms of endometriosis include irregular bleeding and pain from menstrual cramps felt in the abdomen and/or lower back.

Herpes simplex virus (HSV). Herpes is a viral infection that can cause blisters around the mouth and/or genitals. The most common is type I, which often causes cold sores. Type II is a sexually transmitted disease and primarily affects genital tissue, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Infertility. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 6 – 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse, depending on age. Women who experience multiple miscarriages may also be diagnosed as infertile. Infertility affects men and women.


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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