Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

Marla Ahlgrimm on Breast Reconstruction

Marla AhlgrimmFor women with breast cancer, having a mastectomy is both a blessing and a curse, says Marla Ahlgrimm. On one hand, the cancer is gone, on the other, so is one of a woman’s most defining features. However, thanks to modern medicine, there are options to reshape the breasts.

Breast reconstruction, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is essentially the addition of breast implants and potentially re-created areolas. Women who have undergone a single mastectomy may elect reconstructive surgery on one or both breasts.

Breast implants are typically placed in two separate procedures. The first Marla Ahlgrimm explains, involves inserting a tissue expander underneath the remaining skin and chest muscles. The expander device is gradually filled with a saline solution over the course of eight to 26 weeks. Once the expander has reached its capacity and tissue healed, a permanent implant is inserted. Depending on the woman’s breast structure, a physician may elect to place the implant at the time of the mastectomy.

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Marla Ahlgrimm on Ovarian Cancer Signs

Marla AhlgrimmOvarian cancer is a difficult disease to detect, says Marla Ahlgrimm, a retired pharmacist and women’s health entrepreneur. In its early stages, women often have symptoms that are little more than a nuisance. However, even something as simple as bloating shouldn’t be taken lightly if experienced alongside other common complications.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the four main symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating; pelvic or abdominal pain; frequent, urgent urination; and trouble eating. These issues rarely cause alarm when presenting individually but warrant further investigation when experienced together or in conjunction with constant fatigue, back pain, persistent heartburn, or changes in the menstrual cycle. Painful intercourse is also common.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: The Brain Game

Marla AhlgrimmMen and women are different, there is no doubt about that. But, why? Here, women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm explains many of the sexes’ fundamental dissimilarities are simply a matter of grey matter.  

Communication between men and women looks and sounds different, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Women’s brains are wired to use twice as many words and more than three times more gestures than men. Women additionally communicate with each other through emotions. In the battle of the sexes, women come out on top where language skills are concerned.

It will come as no surprise to most wives that men deal with stress easier than women. Whereas men can let things go (seemingly) at the drop of a hat, women hold on to stress and strain throughout the day and well into the night. It’s no wonder then, says Marla Ahlgrimm, that women suffer with insomnia more often than their male bedmates. In the US, 40 million women don’t get enough shut eye at least three nights per week.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Weird Weight Gain

Marla AhlgrimmIf your scale and your lifestyle seemed to conflict, there could be a reason. In the following brief post, Marla Ahlgrimm explains a few of the least considered weight gain triggers in women.

Gut in a rut. Believe it or not, your digestive process may be the reason you’re packing on pounds. Incomplete or irregular bowel movements, dehydration, and even poor probiotics can wreak havoc on your insides. Fecal impaction can move the scale up by more than 20 pounds, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Nutrition deficient. Everything you eat affects your body from the inside out. Being low on iron or vitamin D, for instance, can result in a sluggish metabolism that you unconsciously compensate for with carbohydrates, caffeine, and sweet treats. Boost your body’s ability to burn calories by eating a balanced diet that consists of lean proteins, vegetables, and fruit. Marla Ahlgrimm cautions, however, that a change in your eating habits may not be enough to intake the amount of nutrients your body needs and suggests speaking with your doctor to rule out other issues, such as insulin resistance.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Diabetes and Infertility

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 12% of women of childbearing age struggle with infertility. There are a number of causes of infertility, says women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Diabetes, while not often linked with reproductive issues, may contribute to some cases.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women with both type I and type II diabetes have a slightly shortened window of fertility. Diabetes may extend the onset of menses and can trigger premature menopause. Additionally, diabetes often goes hand-in-hand with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition associated with reproductive issues. PCOS is common in in women with type II diabetes as the condition is known to trigger insulin resistance. Insulin resistance essentially means the body’s insulin levels are elevated, which will negatively affect ovulation.

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Are Your Meds Causing Weight Gain? Marla Ahlgrimm says They Might Be

Marla AhlgrimmIf you are taking certain kinds of medication, including those for diabetes and arthritis, you may have noticed a spike on the scale. According to retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, weight gain is a common side effect of steroids, hormones, insulin, and allergy medication – Benadryl included.

Throughout her decades long career, one question Marla Ahlgrimm heard almost daily was, “Will this medication make me gain weight?” Unfortunately, she laments, there’s no way to know in advance because people’s bodies are different. She reports that many drugs that cause weight gain in some may actually work in reverse as an appetite suppressant in others.

Diabetic patients often experience weight gain, due both to their condition and to insulin. Marla notes this is a difficult situation as obesity is a trigger for diabetes.

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Marla Ahlgrimm on Birth Control Options

Marla AhlgrimmFrom the patch to the pill, many women struggle with which birth control option is best for their situation. Here, retired pharmacist and women’s health entrepreneur Marla Ahlgrimm explains the pros and cons of the most common type of contraceptive.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the pill comes in multiple forms. A combination product, which is often sold under the brand names Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Yaz, is an effective option for non-smokers under the age of 35. The combo pill is known for helping reduce the symptoms of hot flashes and regulating menstrual cycles. A progestin-only pill, which is most often referred to as the mini pill, is a safer option for smokers and heart disease patients. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that the mini pill may be taken by breast-feeding women as well as diabetics and those with blood clot disorders. The mini pill must be taken at the same time each day.

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