Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm | Infertility in Women

Marla AhlgrimmInfertility is a devastating but often curable condition that approximately 15% of all couples must deal with, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Here, the women’s health expert offers brief information about infertility.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, infertility is diagnosed when a woman under the age of 35 has failed to conceive a child despite actively trying for a period of 12 months. This time frame drops to six months for women 35 and older.

There are a number of causes of infertility, claims Marla Ahlgrimm. It may be something as simple as a poor diet or stress or may be do to an undiagnosed medical condition, such as endometriosis. Additional health conditions that can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant include premature ovarian insufficiency, improper pituitary gland function, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that each of these conditions must be addressed to increase a woman’s chances of conception.

While many of the conditions associated with infertility are at no fault of the woman, Marla Ahlgrimm claims there are many self-inflicted factors that do increase the risk of infertility in otherwise healthy women. Smoking, alcohol use, extreme weight fluctuations, and extreme physical and emotional stress also play a part.

Marla Ahlgrimm notes that infertility is treated in a number of different ways. There is no one specific treatment that is right for all women. If the infertility was caused by an underlying medical condition, surgery or treatment for that may be all that is necessary. Intrauterine insemination and other assisted reproductive technologies may come into play.

Unfortunately, infertility treatments are not often covered by a woman’s insurance. They can be cost prohibitive and are not guaranteed to work.

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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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