Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: Women and Seasonal Allergies

Marla Ahlgrimm
Spring is near and while many people are busy getting their boats and swimsuits ready, 35 million Americans are scrambling to stock up on allergy medicine. One of the most bothersome allergy symptoms in women is dark circles just underneath the eyes. Read on as Marla Ahlgrimm discusses ways women can combat coughing, congestion, and other common complaints, including under-eye puffiness.

Q: Why are allergies a problem in the spring?

Marla Ahlgrimm: During the early warm months of March and April, all of winter’s dormant foliage makes its yearly debut. With this spectacular showing of color comes pollen, which is responsible for the majority of allergy symptoms through the end of fall.

Q: What are allergic shiners?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Allergic shiners are those bothersome dark circles many women experience more than half the year. Nearly 80% of women with allergies don’t realize these dark circles are symptoms. Thankfully, they are and allergies are completely treatable. A simple test can determine an individual’s trigger(s) and they can receive treatment accordingly. This is good news for women, as allergy-related dark circles will go away with proper medication.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm Celebrates Women’s History Month

Marla Ahlgrimm
March is Women’s History Month and what better time to celebrate the women from the past who paved the way for the future of women’s healthcare. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm, one of the nation’s foremost experts on women’s health and hormone therapy treatment, opens up about the fairer sex’s contributions to medicine.

Q: Were women of ancient societies allowed to practice medicine?

Marla Ahlgrimm: To some extent, yes. Merit Ptah is widely considered the earliest female to be named in the history of science. She was an Egyptian physician around 2700 BC. Greek author and physician Metrodora, who lived circa 200 – 400 CE, is regarded by the medical community and the first medical writer.

Q: When were women allowed to enter medical school in the United States?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The first all-girl medical education facility was founded in Boston in 1848. The New England Female Medical College was soon followed by the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. British physician Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was accepted into the Geneva Medical College in 1847; she was the first female to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm Touches on Women’s Healthcare Rights

Marla Ahlgrimm
Women, naturally, have a different set of healthcare needs than men. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, what few people fail to consider are women’s legal rights regarding their bodies – rights that men take for granted. In today’s brief informational post, Ahlgrimm offers general information about a few key topics important to women.

Q: How does a woman’s right to access birth control affect her life?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Women have every right to determine when and if motherhood is in their immediate future. Having the ability to control this is vital to a woman’s health and happiness. Unfortunately, despite strides in recent years including the inclusion of birth control in most insurance policies, women still face barriers from unwilling employers and politicians intent on defunding birth control programs.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing disorder that affects millions of women each year. In the following brief post, women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm explains the most common causes of urinary leakage.

Urinary incontinence (UI) is often referred to as loss of bladder control and results in unwanted urinary leakage. While some women may inadvertently squeeze out a few drops of urine while coughing or sneezing, at its worst, urinary incontinence can happen during sexual intercourse, creating a sense of dread in the bedroom and causing great emotional distress, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

UI is most often caused by nerve and muscle control issues and is twice as common in women as in men. Many women experience mild urinary incontinence after pregnancy and childbirth. This, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is due to pelvic floor support weakening during pregnancy and childbirth. Typically, pregnancy-related urinary incontinence resolves on its own within 6 to 12 weeks postpartum.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: Facts About Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries; it is found exclusively in women. Ovarian cancer is a serious condition and one that is most common in women over the age of 60.

What is ovarian cancer?

Marla Ahlgrimm describes ovarian cancer as tumors or small growths that form in ovarian tissue. Ovarian cancer can quickly spread to other parts of the body though it is still referred to as ovarian cancer.

Who is at risk?

Statistically, one in every 60 US women will develop ovarian cancer at some point in their lives. Women over the age of 60 are most at risk, but women of any age may be affected. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Carpal Tunnel in Women | Marla Ahlgrimm

Women are more likely than men to experience the numbness and tingling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, a group of issues relating to the tendons and nerves in the wrists. Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that females may be more affected because their wrist bones are naturally smaller, creating a tighter space through which the tendons and nerves to pass.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, carpal tunnel syndrome typically begins slowly, with numbness, tingling, and burning wrists. The thumb, middle, and index fingers are most often affected. Many women report only feeling symptoms at night and do not make the connection between the symptoms and daytime activities. Hand weakness is also common.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Marla Ahlgrimm: What your Gynecologist Wants you to Know

Marla Ahlgrimm served as a women’s health provider for more than 30 years before her retirement in 2016. She says one thing that remained consistent throughout her career was that women tended to forgo gynecological care due to embarrassment or flippancy where sexual health and reproductive medicine were concerned. In the following brief question and answer session, Ahlgrimm shares a few words of wisdom on the subject.

Q: What are some reasons that a woman should get an annual checkup from a gynecologist?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Establishing a relationship with a qualified gynecologist offers a woman the opportunity to understand more about her body at every stage of life. Having a relationship with a trusted medical provider can help eliminate embarrassment or fears regarding sexual health.

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