Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm Answers Your Embarrassing Questions About Menopause

Marla AhlgrimmLove it or hate it, all women experience the waning hormones associated with age. In this brief post, Marla Ahlgrimm, an HRT expert and retired health care specialist, answers questions no one wants speak (but everyone wants to ask) about menopause.

Q: Why does vaginal dryness occur during menopause?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Low estrogen is the culprit. Vaginal dryness causes discomfort and even embarrassing odor. You can combat this by using an OTC or prescription lubricant or cream. This is especially helpful when your condition interferes with your sex life. Hormone therapy and birth control may replace the lost estrogen and works well for many women.

Q: My periods are heavier now and seem to last forever. Why is this?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Hormones can trigger irregular menstrual cycles and menopause causes changes with our hormones. However, it is important to see your doctor if you begin bleeding more often than normal, the blood is a different color or consistency, or you do not bleed at all when expected. Not all missing cycles indicate that menopause is coming and other conditions may need immediate medical treatment.

Q: I want to ask a question, but I can’t remember what…

Marla Ahlgrimm: More than half of all women report memory and focus issues during menopause. Hormone treatments often do not help this issue. If you’re a smoker, quitting may help improve your memory.

Q: Why is it so much harder to “hold it” now that I no longer have periods?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Urinary incontinence is triggered by low estrogen, which can weaken the bladder and urethra. This is even more pronounced in women who already experience stress incontinence due to pregnancy. Kegel exercises and weight loss may help. Extreme urinary disorders may require the use of urethral caps, pads, or pessary.

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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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