Marla Ahlgrimm | Postmenopausal Vaginal Complaints Linked with Other Pelvic Problems

Marla AhlgrimmIn this brief Q&A session, Marla Ahlgrimm discusses vulvovaginal troubles and touches on the alarming trend of postmenopausal women forgoing care.

Q: What types of vaginal issues are common after menopause?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Dryness and irritation are two of the most reported. However, these seem to go hand in hand with other pelvic issues, including vaginal discharge and odor.

Q: Do symptoms such as these impact women’s lives?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes! A recent research project jointly conducted by Yale, Dartmouth, and the Connecticut Healthcare System found that over three quarters of the study’s sexually active participants acknowledged vaginal issues as having a negative effect on their sex lives. One third mentioned an overall impact on their lifestyle.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Offers Tips & Techniques for Better Breast Health

Marla AhlgrimmAs an experienced women’s health professional, Marla Ahlgrimm has studied breast health and its impact on the lives of women worldwide. According to this leading voice in women’s health, skin changes like dimples, redness, puckers or scales in the breasts may indicate a more significant problem. By offering suggestions about diet and exercise routines, Ahlgrimm hopes to prevent women from receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

Q: How can women improve their overall health and reduce their odds of a breast cancer diagnosis?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A number of recent medical studies have advised both men and women to reduce their intake of red meat. A diet consisting of meats such as hamburgers and steaks may promote cancer cell growth. Instead, people of all ages should try to incorporate more plant-based foods into their daily routines.

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Author and Pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses PMS, an Unforgiving Companion

Marla AhlgrimmPremenstrual syndrome, or PMS, affects nearly half of all women of childbearing age, according to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. Its symptoms are different for each sufferer and can range from irritability and severe mood swings to migraines and seizures in those women most adversely affected by PMS.

Common symptoms of PMS

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that, although PMS is associated with over 150 symptoms, most women tend to report a combination of two or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Water retention
  • Forgetfulness
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Cravings for carbohydrates/sweets (especially chocolate)
  • Back pain
  • Depression/uncontrollable crying
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Acne

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Marla Ahlgrimm, PMS expert, Explains the Three-Hour Complex Carbohydrate Diet

Marla AhlgrimmWomen with PMS should eat six complex carbohydrate snacks a day to better manage the symptoms of PMS, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Proper nutrition is vital to a healthy body, says pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm. This is especially true of women who suffer from PMS. According to Ahlgrimm, studies conducted since the 1950s have linked low blood sugar to many symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Low blood glucose levels trigger the body to release adrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormone. When adrenaline is flowing through the blood, the body cannot metabolize other hormones – like progesterone – properly. Adrenaline, says Marla Ahlgrimm, also perpetuates feelings of aggression, panic, and tension – all outward symptoms of PMS.

Additionally, Marla Ahlgrimm explains that low blood sugar causes the body’s cells to eject any sugar that it may be storing, in order to compensate. Empty cells are flooded with water which can cause bloating, water retention, and weight gain.

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Increased Estrogen May Lower Risk of Parkinson’s Disease In Women, Says Marla Ahlgrimm, RPh

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to Women’s Health America founder and pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, women who pass through menopause naturally may be up to 50% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who experience unnatural estrogen reduction.

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s is a neurologic disorder that affects the way a person moves. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, many people present mild symptoms at onset which may include slight hand tremors or slurred, soft speech. As the disease progresses, total body movement can be affected, including a person’s ability to perform automatic functions. Marla Ahlgrimm defines automatic functions as those the body performs without intention, like blinking. It is believed that Parkinson’s is caused by brain cell degeneration.

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Marla Ahlgrimm, RPh, Offers Three Essential Steps to Successful Hormone Therapy

Marla AhlgrimmTo Pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, the risks are just too great to undergo any form of hormone therapy without complete information. Marla Ahlgrimm advises women to get all of the facts and understand fully all the pieces that go into hormone therapy before moving forward. As a long-time pharmacist and women’s health expert, Marla Ahlgrimm empowers women with the tools they need to make the right health care choices. In the following Q&A, Marla Ahlgrimm discusses the three-step process to successful hormone therapy.

Q: Why do women need hormone therapy?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Every woman experiences symptoms of hormone fluctuation, however, for some women, the symptoms of these changes can be significant. Hormone therapy helps mediate many of the symptoms related to hormone imbalance.

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