Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm: The Problem With Antifungal Resistance

Marla AhlgrimmYeast infections are a fact of life for more than 75 percent of women. Marla Ahlgrimm says that overaggressive treatment may be making them worse in the long-term as the human body learns to resist certain antifungal medications.

We all know that taking too many antibiotics can make them less effective. But now research suggests that women who experience regular yeast infections may become less able to heal when using azoles, a type of antifungal medications commonly used to treat this troublesome condition.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, azoles are usually the go-to first line of defense against vaginal infections. However, over-use has created an epidemic of resistance, leaving women at the mercy of stronger medications with potentially unwelcomed side effects. That’s assuming the body responds to treatment at all.

Marla Ahlgrimm laments that overuse of OTC and RX antifungals has created an entire subgroup of women who must live with a continual yeast infection. This can cause significant issues in a woman’s overall quality of life, including her intimate relationships. A yeast infection, claims Marla Ahlgrimm, doesn’t stop with subjective symptoms, although pain and burning when urinating are common. Women with a yeast infection may suffer with unattractive and foul-smelling discharge from the vagina.

Thankfully, there are ways to lower the chances of developing a chronic yeast infection, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The retired pharmacists recommends that women complete their entire course of medication when prescribed. Infections that are only partially cured can come back with a vengeance and are harder to treat. She also notes that a small amount of discharge is not abnormal and should not be treated as a yeast infection right away as antifungals don’t discriminate. They kill the natural yeast the body needs to remain healthy.


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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