Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm: Migraines and Women

Marla AhlgrimmMore than three-quarters of all migraines are suffered by women, says Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following brief Q&A, the retired women’s health center entrepreneur and compounding pharmacist shares insight on these debilitating headaches.

Q: Is it migraine more than a headache?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The vast majority of headaches are mild to moderate and go away on their own. Migraines, by contrast, can be very severe. People with migraines suffer with unusually intense throbbing pain, light sensitivity, and often, nausea. It is not uncommon to see spots or experience an acute loss of vision during a severe migraine attack.

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You Are Not Alone in Your Infertility | Marla Ahlgrimm

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.

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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.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Infertility in Women

Marla AhlgrimmInfertility is a devastating but often curable condition that approximately 15% of all couples must deal with, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Here, the women’s health expert offers brief information about infertility.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, infertility is diagnosed when a woman under the age of 35 has failed to conceive a child despite actively trying for a period of 12 months. This time frame drops to six months for women 35 and older.

There are a number of causes of infertility, claims Marla Ahlgrimm. It may be something as simple as a poor diet or stress or may be do to an undiagnosed medical condition, such as endometriosis. Additional health conditions that can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant include premature ovarian insufficiency, improper pituitary gland function, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that each of these conditions must be addressed to increase a woman’s chances of conception.

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Women May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Men| Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla AhlgrimmMan Flu. You’ve heard the jokes and seen the memes, but is there really something to it? Marla Ahlgrimm says there might be and answers a few questions about why, exactly, men seen to over-exaggerate the common cold while women go on about their day in the face of the flu.

Q: Do men really feel the effects of sickness more than women?

Marla Ahlgrimm: While this might not be the case for every disease out there, research suggests that men do have a stronger and longer negative response to viral respiratory viruses, such as the flu and cold. A study in the British Medical Journal found that men’s immune systems simply can’t stand up as well as women’s to certain types of viruses.

Q: Why are men’s and women’s reactions different?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Researchers aren’t 100% sure the reasons. However, it theorized that it has something to do with the way that hormones, specifically estrogen and testosterone, affect the immune system.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Women, Men, and Emotional Expression

Marla AhlgrimmAre women more emotionally expressive than men? Marla Ahlgrimm answers this question in the following brief post.

Men and women have accepted biological differences, but the stereotype of women being more emotional than men may not be as true as our grandparents would have us believe, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

According to research, women express positive emotions more often than their male counterparts. This is displayed in facial expressions, such as smiling. However, emotions don’t stop at things that make us happy. A recent study followed more than 2000 volunteers as they watched short videos to evoke emotion. Women universally reacted more often to traditionally emotional scenes that invoke feelings of happiness, fear, and sadness. But men topped the charts in one other important emotional area: anger.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | 4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Marla AhlgrimmThe weather outside may not be frightful just yet, but the days are definitely shorter. For many women, this triggers seasonal affective disorder (SAD). According to Marla Ahlgrimm, SAD leaves women feeling tired, hungry, and mildly depressed. Here are four ways to weather winter woes.

Vitamin D

Marla Ahlgrimm reports that there is adequate research to suggest that increased vitamin D levels plays a positive role in mood and attitude. Throughout the winter, vitamin D levels drop. Add a 2000 IU vitamin D supplement throughout the fall and winter months.

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