Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Have a Safe Summer with These Tips from Marla Ahlgrimm

Women-GirlsMarla Ahlgrimm is, like most women, excited about the arrival of summer. The women’s health expert and author is an avid outdoorswoman with great advice on how to stay safe when the summer breeze beckons.

Forget the glow

While copper-toned skin and sun-streaked hair scream of a carefree summer, the UV light needed to render that warm weather glow can actually hurt you in the long run. Marla Ahlgrimm suggests wearing a wide brim hat, sunglasses, and, at minimum, an SPF 15 sunscreen. Reapply often and up the kids’ SPF to 50.

Terminate ticks

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, ticks and other disease-carrying creepy-crawlies thrive in the heat and are attracted to all the warm spots on your skin. Keep a bottle of DEET-based bug spray close to discourage any insect-sized stowaways from ruining the rest of your summer. Lyme disease and Zika are just two of the possible illnesses associated with bug bites in the summer.

Drink up

While you’ll want to avoid too many poolside cocktails, you won’t want to avoid staying properly hydrated throughout June, July, and August. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that summer means sweat and sweat means pulling water out of the body. Dehydration can cause a number of pesky issues including dry skin and lightheadedness. Stick with plain tap water or infuse your H2O with fresh fruit for a fun and flavorful thirst quencher with a twist.

Value the vest

A life vest and other safety gear is essential when enjoying outdoor activities, such as boating. Check your lifejackets every year and make sure each member of the family is fitted properly to ensure everyone’s safe return to shore. Marla Ahlgrimm, who spends much of her summer hiking, says to wear properly fitting shoes and keep a first aid kit in your bag if you’re going to trek off the beaten path.


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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