Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm: The Brain Game

Marla AhlgrimmMen and women are different, there is no doubt about that. But, why? Here, women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm explains many of the sexes’ fundamental dissimilarities are simply a matter of grey matter.  

Communication between men and women looks and sounds different, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Women’s brains are wired to use twice as many words and more than three times more gestures than men. Women additionally communicate with each other through emotions. In the battle of the sexes, women come out on top where language skills are concerned.

It will come as no surprise to most wives that men deal with stress easier than women. Whereas men can let things go (seemingly) at the drop of a hat, women hold on to stress and strain throughout the day and well into the night. It’s no wonder then, says Marla Ahlgrimm, that women suffer with insomnia more often than their male bedmates. In the US, 40 million women don’t get enough shut eye at least three nights per week.

Another area where the genders differ is in their ability to recount details. Women read the world around them with all of their senses, including the ever-debated “women’s intuition,” says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, what isn’t contested is that women rely on more than their eyes and ears when entering into a conversation. A woman’s brain will store subtleties, such as smell and lighting, which boosts memory recall.

Last but not least, Marla Ahlgrimm points out how men and women work differently. Women, Ahlgrimm reports, are natural multi-taskers where men like to compartmentalize and focus on one thing at a time.

Regardless of our differences, both men and women have equal capabilities at home and in the workplace.


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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