Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm Applauds Star Wars Actress for Candid Post

Marla AhlgrimmLondon born actress Daisy Ridley is the new face of the ever popular Star Wars franchise and serves as a reminder that even Hollywood’s elite aren’t immune to health problems. Ridley recently shared a now viral tweet about her struggle with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In the following short conversation, Marla Ahlgrimm praises Ridley and answers questions about PCOS.

Q: Who is Daisy Ridley?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Daisy Ridley is a British actress who plays Rey in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Prior to this role, she had only been in a handful of productions but has since been catapulted into worldwide fame. In June, Ridley used her newfound status to bring awareness to two rarely discussed conditions, polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis.

Q: What is endometriosis?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder that triggers endometrial tissue growth outside the uterus. It is a common issue but one that can have devastating consequences. Women with endometriosis may suffer from chronic pain in the lower abdomen, feel constipated or nauseous constantly, and experience heavy or irregular menstrual periods. Infertility is perhaps the most troubling result of endometriosis.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Shares Top Foods for Vision Health

Marla AhlgrimmAs one of the nation’s leading women’s healthcare experts, Marla Ahlgrimm has always stated that food is the best medicine. Here, the Madison, Wisconsin based pharmacist shares her favorite foods, fruits, and vegetables for vision vitality.


Not only does fish provide scores of protein and omega-3’s, cold-water varieties including sardines, tuna, and cod are an outstanding source of DHA. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, DHA is a naturally occurring chemical compound which helps support the structural integrity of cell membranes and may ward off macular degeneration.

Leafy greens

Leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach contain high levels of carotenoids that help shield the delicate tissue of the eye from harmful blue light.


Scrambled eggs are a favorite breakfast choice of Marla Ahlgrimm and serve up a healthy dose of amino acids. As well, the sulfur content of eggs works to inhibit cataract formation.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Hashimoto’s Disease

Marla AhlgrimmHashimoto’s disease is a common and medically treatable condition most frequently diagnosed in women. In the following informational question and answer session, Marla Ahlgrimm explains Hashimoto’s, its potential consequences, and treatment options.

Q: What is Hashimoto’s Disease?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Hashimoto’s disease is an immune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. It is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in North America. Hashimoto’s disease causes chronic inflammation that inhibits the endocrine system’s ability to produce hormones.

Q: Who is at risk?

Marla Ahlgrimm: While men can get Hashimoto’s disease, it affects mostly middle-aged women. A family history of autoimmune disorders and thyroid dysfunction puts an individual more at risk of Hashimoto’s. Other autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus also increase a person’s risk.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Information Regarding Migraine Headaches in Women

Marla AhlgrimmMigraine headaches can affect a woman’s life in profound ways. It may lead to depression, relationship problems, and even stroke, says women’s health pioneer Marla Ahlgrimm. Today, Ahlgrimm offers information on migraines and suggestions on home care, which is often overlooked during treatment.

Q: What is a migraine headache?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Migraine headaches transcend the dull, aching pain many people associate with tension or cluster headaches. Migraines cause an intense throbbing sensation that is typically concentrated in one area of the head. Women who suffer from migraines often find their pain is accompanied by nausea, partial loss of vision,  and an intense desire to seek quiet, dark solace.

Q: How are migraines diagnosed?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A doctor will diagnose a patient with migraine headaches based on self reported symptoms. Typically, a migraine sufferer will describe four distinct stages of discomfort beginning with subtle changes in the days before the headache begins. Women may experience visual phenomenon or speech issues just prior to the onset of pain. During a migraine, pain on one or both sides of the head as well as blurred vision and nausea are common. The final phase begins when pain subsides, leaving a woman completely drained and occasionally a bit euphoric.

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Q & A with Marla Ahlgrimm | Urinary Tract Infections

Marla AhlgrimmA urinary tract infection (UTI) is the result of bacteria that stems from improper bathroom hygiene, sexual intercourse, diaphragm usage, kidney stones, diabetes, estrogen loss, or holding urine for an extended period of time. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, UTIs may occur anywhere in the urinary tract including the urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. Here, Ahlgrimm explains UTI signs, treatment, and prevention.

Q: What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A urinary tract infection may present initially with a burning or stinging feeling while urinating. Women with a urinary tract infection may feel an intense urge to pass urine, though not much comes out when they get to the bathroom. UTIs may also cause pressure or pain in the lower abdomen, fever, shakiness, and fatigue. Reddish, cloudy, milky and foul smelling urine is an indication of a UTI.

Q: How are UTIs diagnosed?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Urinary tract infections require a urine sample and special lab tests. Women with persistent UTIs may undergo a urinary tract ultrasound or other exploratory exams to view any potential blockage, stones, or swelling.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Metabolic Syndrome Risk at Menopause

Marla AhlgrimmMadison, Wisconsin-based pharmacist and women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm answers your questions about how weight, education, income, and exercise play a role in a woman’s risk of metabolic syndrome.

Q: What is metabolic syndrome?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Metabolic syndrome isn’t one specific condition. Instead, it is the compounded occurrence of high blood glucose levels, obesity, elevated cholesterol, and increased blood pressure. This cluster of conditions increases a woman’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Q: What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Unfortunately, many of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome don’t present with outward symptoms. However, having a larger than proportionate waistline is a visible sign. Women with high blood sugar may experience increased thirst, blurred vision, fatigue, and issues with urination.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Bone Basics

Marla AhlgrimmOsteoporosis is a serious condition that affects the bones. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm, a women’s health advocate and pioneer in the field of hormone replacement therapy, answers common questions about this bone-weakening disease.

Q: What is osteoporosis?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Osteoporosis, a disease that affects mostly women over 50, is the weakening of bones to a point where even minor injuries may cause fractures. Without proper preemptive care, osteoporosis can cause bones to become brittle enough to break at even the slightest jolt – even from sneezing or coughing too hard. It’s particularly of a concern to women, as post-menopausal women can lose 20% of their bone mass in less than a decade. There are over 10 million people in the United States alone living with osteoporosis. Four out of five of these are women.

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