Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm Answers Questions about Bleeding Disorders in Women

Heavy periods are not uncommon, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, up to 20% of women who experience substantial menstrual bleeding are affected by a bleeding disorder known as von Willebrand disease. Here, Ahlgrimm discusses this and other common bleeding issues in women.

Q: What is von Willebrand disease?

Marla Ahlgrimm: von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an inherited bleeding disorder that occurs equally in men and women. Women with VWD will likely experience long and heavy menstrual periods and may bleed more than normal after childbirth. VWD may make it difficult to heal after surgery.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm on Health Care Needs for Women over 40

Women of all ages have special healthcare needs, says women’s health expert, retired compounding pharmacist, and author Marla Ahlgrimm. In the following interview excerpt, Ahlgrimm offers advice to women in their 40s on how to take the first steps toward living a healthier lifestyle beyond the reproductive years.

Q: Women usually go through menopause in their 40s, so is birth control still necessary?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Women can still get pregnant even during perimenopause since the ovulatory cycle may continue, even if it is not regular. Birth control is recommended for those who do not wish to expand their families during this time.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: March 10th National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, says Marla Ahlgrimm, a women’s health advocate and retired HRT specialist from Madison, Wisconsin. Ahlgrimm recently sat down to address a few common questions about HIV and AIDS.

Q: Who faces the most risk of contracting HIV?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Anyone can be exposed to HIV but it is especially prevalent among highly sexually active men and women, those who have intercourse with both sexes, and those who engage in unprotected sex with multiple partners or one who has the virus. People who use IV drugs are also at a more elevated risk than the general population.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: Early Menopause Possibly Linked to Reproductive History

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A woman’s age at the onset of her period, as well as the number of children she gives birth to, may influence when she enters menopause, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

According to a 2016 study, women who got their periods before 12-years of age and who had no children had a significantly higher chance of entering early menopause than women who started later and had two or more births. Marla Ahlgrimm describes premature menopause as the lack of a period for 12 months before a woman’s 40th birthday; early menopause occurs between 40 and 44 years of age.

Both a woman’s age at the onset of menses and beginning of menopause are indicative of her overall health. While it’s not certain exactly what this potential link means to women’s health on a broad scale, it’s worth further study, Ahlgrimm asserts. New research would open up the opportunity to monitor for issues, intervene as soon as possible, and help a woman prepare for the effects of early menopause.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: Hormone Upheaval

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A quick reference guide of physical and emotional changes for women in their 20s and 30s, presented by HRT expert Marla Ahlgrimm.

Thinning facial features

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women are not completely done with the transition into adulthood until their early to mid-20s. One sure sign of maturity is the loss of youthful “baby fat” around the eyes and cheeks.

Vaginal problems

With the onset of sexual activity comes a host of unpleasant problems in their urinary and reproductive systems. Bacterial vaginosis, UTIs, yeast infections, and STDs are common in young women.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm | Birth Control Options Beyond the Condom

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Becoming a parent is undoubtedly the most rewarding aspect of many people’s lives, says women’s health expert and retired HRT compounding pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. However, when the time isn’t right, sexually active women have more options than ever to postpone pregnancy. While no birth control method is perfect, Ahlgrimm says most are remarkably reliable when used correctly.

The best birth control, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is the one that fits into a woman’s life without causing adverse side effects.

There are at least a dozen forms of birth control, each with unique pros and cons, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The most natural, but possibly the least effective, is known as the Rhythm Method. Natural family planning involves continuously monitoring the menstrual cycle and keeping track of basal temperature and vaginal discharge. Barrier methods, by contrast, are a “time and place” form of birth control that must be inserted just before sexual activity. Barriers such as the contraceptive sponge, cervical cap, and female condom block sperm from entering the fallopian tubes.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm: A Tribute to Dr. Katharina Dalton

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Marla Ahlgrimm is known throughout the United States as a pioneer in women’s hormone research and therapy. However, she isn’t the first person in the medical field to delve into the depths of woman-specific medicine. That honor goes to the late British gynecologist Dr. Katharina Dalton.

Dr. Dalton, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is the inspiration for everything we know about PMS today. In 1948, Dr. Dalton realized that her pregnant body was suddenly free of recurrent migraine headaches. After consulting with friend and endocrinologist Dr. Raymond Green, Dr. Dalton made the connection between a lack of progesterone and many cyclic symptoms plaguing herself and countless other women across the globe, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that Dalton went as far as to study the behaviors of teenage girls and women and linked certain moods, feelings, and actions to a monthly progesterone deficiency, brought on by the onset of menstruation. Dr. Dalton found a correlation between lower grades, anxiety, depression, and violence and the menstrual cycle. Her solution: replace the missing hormones. This early hormone therapy would eventually lead to a greater understanding of how women’s bodies were different from men’s; previously, women with what we now know as PMS were often described as hysterical and subject to tortuous “treatment.”

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