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Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Alternative Treatments for PMS

In Health and Beauty on January 15, 2013 at 7:53 am
Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm realizes that many women suffer from premenstrual symptoms every month. Marla Ahlgrimm, a pharmacist based in Madison, Wisconsin, says that many turn to over-the-counter medications to manage symptoms such as anxiety, cravings for sweets, and fluid retention.

A pioneer in the field of PMS, Marla Ahlgrimm has worked to help women cope with the syndrome since the late 1970s, first through Madison Pharmacy Associates and later Women’s Health America, which she founded to focus on women health. Marla Ahlgrimm remembers that in the early days, doctors weren’t sure how to manage these symptoms, since PMS had not yet been defined in America.

Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm has found that diet and lifestyle modifications can help women regain control of monthly symptoms. Part of treatment, Marla Ahlgrimm tells us, is an understanding what causes these symptoms.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one of the more uncomfortable consequences of PMS is water weight gain. Many women find that their fingers swell and clothing feels tighter. Marla Ahlgrimm says this may be due in part to the rise of estrogen during the second half of the menstrual cycle.

One dietary change Marla Ahlgrimm often recommends is limiting sugar intake during the days leading up to menstruation. While salt often gets the blame, Marla Ahlgrimm believes that cravings for sweets may be the primary culprit. Marla Ahlgrimm recommends cutting back on sugar for a couple of months and noting whether bloating diminishes.

Regular exercise can also make a difference in reducing symptoms due to fluid retention, Marla Ahlgrimm adds. Marla Ahlgrimm points out that even small amounts of exercise like a brisk walk 3 to 4 times a week can have very positive benefits.

Lastly, Marla Ahlgrimm stresses the importance of drinking water. The general recommendation is 48 to 64 ounces of water a day, Marla Ahlgrimm relates, reminding us that water is present in everything we eat, as well.

Marla Ahlgrimm: Exercising for Life

In Health and Beauty on January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm

In her three decades of working with women, Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America, has found that exercise makes a big difference in a woman’s health. But for many women, “exercise” is a bad word. How can women find an exercise program that they’ll want to stick with for life?

To begin, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. stresses the importance of asking oneself why you are interested in beginning a new exercise program. If you are hoping to stay healthy, you will likely have more success than if your only goal is to lose weight. Likewise, if your goal is to do something you enjoy doing, and exercise is one of those things, you’re more likely to stick with it for many years, Marla Ahlgrimm says.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, the key is to focus on physical activities you enjoy doing. Many women give up when an exercise program doesn’t yield results immediately, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. points out. By choosing physical activities you enjoy doing, you’ll stick with it long enough to begin seeing and feeling overall improvements.

Marla Ahlgrimm advises several small changes you can make that will improve your overall health. For good health, Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, states that you should incorporate 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity at your target heart rate at least three days a week. By spreading these activities over the day, Marla Ahlgrimm suggests, you can work in thirty minutes of moderate exercise without having to set thirty minutes aside to do a formal workout. This can be done by using stairs instead of elevators, as well as parking far away and walking to your destination at a brisk pace. You can also spread your thirty minutes out throughout the day by dancing, riding an exercise bike, or playing actively with your children for a few minutes throughout the day.

To be most effective, your exercise routine should utilize the large muscles of your lower body, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, founder of Women’s Health America. Activities that fit in that category include walking, jogging, cycling, cross-country skiing, stationary cycling, and aerobic dance classes, Marla Ahlgrimm states.

Additionally, Marla Ahlgrimm recommends weight-bearing exercises. This includes jogging and dancing, Marla Ahlgrimm points out, but not swimming. And pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm advises against working one part of the body in the hopes of losing inches there. Marla Ahlgrimm points out that by focusing on making all of your body’s muscles stronger, you’ll slightly increase your metabolism to maintain weight, decrease fluid retention and improve your lean muscle mass. Your body will become more efficient, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. says, and you’ll increase the strength of your body’s joints and bones and improve balance which is much more important as you get older.

You should begin any exercise program gradually, Marla Ahlgrimm advises, to avoid injury. While your cardiovascular system may be able to adapt, your body’s musculoskeletal systems may break down if pushed too hard, Marla Ahlgrimm, pharmacist, warns.

The benefits of an exercise program go well beyond stronger muscles and joints, Marla Ahlgrimm states. Both women and men report regular exercise helps them sleep better at night and gives them a greater feeling of energy throughout the day. Exercise also helps them better cope with stress, Marla Ahlgrimm adds, providing an outlet for that ‘fight or flight’ physical response brought on by stress.

Lastly, if your exercise program makes you feel overly tired, Marla Ahlgrimm suggests pulling back a little. Decrease the intensity or choose different exercises until your body adjusts.

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What Makes Madison Pharmacy Associates Unique

In Health and Beauty on January 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Madison Pharmacy Associates

Madison Pharmacy Associates

Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Marla Ahlgrimm remembers life before premenstrual syndrome was a household term. In the late 70s, Marla Ahlgrimm and her associates were working at a pharmacy when they encountered a patient suffering from PMS. Along with her associates, Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm began treating the patient and soon were working to help others with premenstrual symptoms.

After encountering resistance from pharmacy management, Marla Ahlgrimm and a colleague founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, a pharmacy with an emphasis on women’s health. In the early days, Madison Pharmacy Associates pioneered the field of PMS treatment, compounding specialized prescriptions and consulting with doctors and patients throughout the country. Since Marla Ahlgrimm founded Madison Pharmacy Associates in the early 1980s, she estimates it has helped more than 300,000 women and 7,000 physicians understand, diagnose, and treat PMS symptoms.

With a focus on quality, service, and innovation, Madison Pharmacy Associates believes in involving its full staff in every aspect of daily operations. “We encourage ideas, creativity, and change,” Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Marla Ahlgrimm explains. “In a small company, we have the luxury to dispense with formal meetings—we all discuss ideas and quickly implement them to simply see what the results are.”

Madison Pharmacy Associates was among the first group of medical professionals to sit in on the FDA advisory board which met to discuss the relevancy and magnitude of PMS in America. Since Madison Pharmacy Associates was at the forefront of PMS research and treatment, many of the educational materials the practice used had to be developed from scratch. Madison Pharmacy Associates has always placed importance in providing one-on-one consultation to patients and their physicians, helping both to understand PMS in order to more quickly come to a treatment plan.

“Too often, management makes the mistake or is forced to separate themselves from the day to day operations of their business under the guise of tending to more important things,” Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm believes. “That connection is the whole point of being in business and successfully staying in business.”

One of the things that has helped Madison Pharmacy Associates succeed is Marla Ahlgrimm’s devotion to her patients. Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm grew up in a family that owned a small business. This helped her understand the importance of thinking outside the box, focusing on Madison Pharmacy Associates’ mission, rather than trying to outdo the competition.

“You can’t quantify the degree to which your business reflects your passion, vision, trust, and optimism,” Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Marla Ahlgrimm says. “Yet these values reveal themselves in each transaction you and your employees are involved in.”

The information in this article has been previously published and is provided as a reference resource by Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. Madison Pharmacy Associates was sold in 2011. Marla Ahlgrimm is also the co-founder and President of Cyclin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The company sells proprietary products for the women’s health market as well as ProCycle PMS and ProCycle Gold products. For more information, go online to