Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm: Andropause

Marla AhlgrimmThe general consensus is that women are the only sex affected by age-related hormone shifts and swings. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, this simply isn’t true. The hormone replacement therapy expert explains that around 20% of the male population experiences a decline in hormones known as andropause.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that andropause, like menopause, begins sometime after a man’s 50th birthday and presents with symptoms including decreased muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, and cognitive impairment. The effects of andropause may be countered with testosterone replacement, but this treatment is not without concern. Pushing higher levels of testosterone throughout the body may pose an elevated cardiovascular disease risk and will serve as fuel for any existing or undiagnosed prostate cancer.

Men with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk of complications as are those with existing blood disorders, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Since men experience issues with hormone decreases less often than females, andropause should not be an initial diagnosis. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that a number of other conditions can wreak similar havoc on a man’s mental and physical abilities. Thyroid disorders are often mistakenly diagnosed as andropause (and even early menopause in women).

Thyroid hormone disorders closely mimic reproductive hormone disorders. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that thyroid conditions may cause drastic and sudden changes in energy level in mood. Likewise, weight fluctuation, which men and women commonly associate with age, may be due to undiagnosed hypo- or hyperthyroidism. Men and women both experience changes in bowel habits due to an increase or decrease in thyroid hormones. Hot flashes, a telltale symptom of menopause, are similar to temperature tolerance issues common with thyroid disorders.

Neither thyroid disorders nor reproductive hormone decline may be treated with over-the-counter products, despite erroneous claims made on hyped up late-night infomercials. Marla Ahlgrimm suggest a simple blood test to check hormone levels followed by a full consultation with your physician if you experience any sudden or unusual symptoms you believe are linked to a chemical imbalance.


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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