Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

You Are Not Alone in Your Infertility | Marla Ahlgrimm

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Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm, a retired hormone treatment expert and compounding pharmacist, explains that infertility affects up to 25% of all women of childbearing age. It is an emotional experience that can make you feel as though you are the only one of your friends without a bouncing bundle of joy. But, you are not alone. Here, Ahlgrimm discusses a few of the issues surrounding infertility and touches on celebrities who’ve dealt with this emotional coaster.

Q: What is infertility?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Infertility is the unfortunate circumstance that results when a woman is trying to conceive for a period of six months to one year, depending on age, and is unable. It is not, however, an uncommon circumstance, with as many as one in four women experiencing infertility to some degree.

Q: What causes it?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The answer to that is as varied as there are types of women in the world. Sometimes, infertility is caused by undiagnosed physical deformities. Sometimes, a woman’s partner simply does not produce enough sperm. Commonly, infertility is triggered by physical or emotional stress, which wreaks havoc on the body and can throw off woman’s menstrual cycle into disarray.

Q: How is infertility treated?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The first course of action is to talk to your healthcare provider or gynecologist. He or she will take a family history and help pinpoint lifestyle changes that may increase your chances of conception. This may include changing your diet or exercise habits or timing your sexual encounters to coincide with ovulation. If early intervention does not help, assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization, may be recommended.

Q: Is infertility an issue that only affects low-income people?

Marla Ahlgrimm: That’s a great question, but no, infertility does not discriminate. It affects women of all ages, health status, and wealth. Kim Kardashian, for example, has spoken openly about her issues conceiving a second child with husband Kanye West. Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Celine Dion and Courtney Cox are among other famous faces to have suffered with infertility, a few of which opted for in vitro fertilization treatments.


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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