Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm: Top Health Care Benefits of Health Insurance Marketplace Policies

Marla AhlgrimmThe Affordable Care Act, which Marla Ahlgrimm explains was enacted under Pres. Barack Obama, made access to healthcare easier for millions of Americans. The open Healthcare Marketplace, as well as company-sponsored insurance coverage, now provide coverage for a number of essential health benefits. These include:

1. Ambulatory patient services. Marla Ahlgrimm defines ambulatory patient services as more intense outpatient care, such as a minor surgery, that does not require hospitalization.
2. Hospitalization
3. Maternity and newborn care. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, pregnancy is also included along with birth-control and breastfeeding coverage.
4. Behavioral, mental, and substance abuse disorder services including psychotherapy and counseling.
5. Habilitative and rehabilitative services to recover physical and mental skills lost due to chronic conditions or injury.
6. Laboratory services
7. Oral and vision care for pediatric enrollees.

Marla Ahlgrimm notes that some states require insurance providers to cover additional services not required through the general marketplace.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Uterine Fibroids and Miscarriage

Marla AhlgrimmUterine fibroids are benign tumors – small clumps of tissue – inside the uterus. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, they are quite common with an estimated 20% to 50% of women experiencing known or unknown uterine fibroids at some point during adulthood.


Marla Ahlgrimm explains that most women will experience no major symptoms of uterine fibroids. However, heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and fertility are common. Less common but more difficult to overcome are recurrent miscarriages due to uterine fibroids.

Fibroids related to miscarriage

A 2000 health study found that uterine fibroids were to blame around 5% of the time for unexplained infertility or multiple miscarriages. Marla Ahlgrimm believes that the reason has less to do with the presence of fibroids and more to do with their size, shape, and location.

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Caregiver Stress | Marla Ahlgrimm

baby-164897_1280As women, we often become caregivers not only to ourselves and our children, but of aging parents, as well. However, as women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm explains, we cannot be effective caregivers if we don’t take the time to care for ourselves first.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, caregiver stress takes an emotional and physical toll on many women, who are expected to be available 24/7 to meet the needs of aging or disabled parents. The condition can take many forms but often starts with the feeling of being overwhelmed, isolated, or alone. Insomnia, weight gain, a weak immune system, and depression are all also common. Continue reading

Hate Exercising? Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Alternatives

Marla-Ahlgrimm-Exercise2Regimented exercise routines can get boring fast, says Marla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and expert in women’s health from Madison, Wisconsin. However, she insists that, along with eating a proper diet, physical activity is paramount to a woman’s health. Here, Ahlgrimm offers up a few exercise alternatives that can get your heart pumping for a healthier you.


Most people don’t think of golf as much more than a front for an early morning “boardroom meeting.” But, 18 holes every once in awhile is good for more than just your social calendar or professional network. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, golf is a low-impact physical activity that can help you reach the 10,000 steps a day most health experts recommend for optimum health. Continue reading

Have a Safe Summer with These Tips from Marla Ahlgrimm

Women-GirlsMarla Ahlgrimm is, like most women, excited about the arrival of summer. The women’s health expert and author is an avid outdoorswoman with great advice on how to stay safe when the summer breeze beckons.

Forget the glow

While copper-toned skin and sun-streaked hair scream of a carefree summer, the UV light needed to render that warm weather glow can actually hurt you in the long run. Marla Ahlgrimm suggests wearing a wide brim hat, sunglasses, and, at minimum, an SPF 15 sunscreen. Reapply often and up the kids’ SPF to 50. Continue reading

Bladder Pain | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla-Ahlgrimm-PMS4Interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic condition that can mimic a number of other pelvic disorders. According to women’s health entrepreneur Marla Ahlgrimm, bladder pain syndrome is often misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection. However, unlike a bacterial UTI, bladder pain symptom will not improve with antibiotics.

Marla Ahlgrimm reports that upward of 8 million women in the US suffer with interstitial cystitis each year and the condition doesn’t discriminate based on age or race.

Bladder pain syndrome causes frequent bathroom trips, with many women reporting having to urinate more than 40 times in a 24 hour period. Lower abdominal discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse are both common bladder pain syndrome symptoms. The condition may also trigger ulcers and bleeding sores in the bladder. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that most women with bladder pain syndrome experience symptoms in flares with long periods of relief in between bouts. Continue reading

Marla Ahlgrimm | Move for Life

physiotherapy-595529_620Life is busy and many of us are bogged down to a desk most of the day. However, according to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, physical activity should remain at the top of all women’s priorities list. Regular exercise is good for the mind, body, and soul. Here are a few creative ways to get you going:

Exercise in bursts. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that even three 10-minute walk each day will help keep your heart in tiptop shape. If you don’t like walking, find other activities that are fun such as playing basketball or biking around the neighborhood with your children. Continue reading