Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Health Screenings for Women | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm is an advocate for all women and notes that there are certain health screenings that, beginning at about the age of 18, women should be familiar with. These include but are not limited to:

Depression screening

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women are at a greater risk of depression than their male counterparts. For this reason, women should discuss with their doctor any emotional concerns they may have. Additionally, women should talk to their healthcare provider about diet and exercise and alcohol and illegal substance use or abuse. Women who do not take care of their physical health and those who abuse drugs or alcohol are more likely to be depressed.

Breast health

Mammograms are not typically recommended women before the age of 40. However, Marla Ahlgrimm stresses the importance of self breast examinations and regular healthcare checkups for women with a family history of breast cancer. Yearly mammograms are typically reserved for women who have an immediate relative – mother, sister, grandmother – who was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age.

Pelvic exam

Reproductive health is important, and especially for women of childbearing age. Marla Ahlgrimm recommends that women between the ages of 21 and 30 visit their OB/GYN for a Pap smear and HPV test every three years. Women over the age of 30 should have a Pap smear every five. Women who are sexually active should discuss with their healthcare provider screenings for gonorrhea and chlamydia up until the age of 25.

Skin examination

All women, regardless of age, should routinely look for changes in their skin and hair. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that any unusual activity, such as thinning hair or darkening skin, should be reported immediately to a healthcare provider. People with a history of skin cancer and those with a weakened immune system should be cognizant of changes more so than the general population.


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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