Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Explains Hormone Therapy

Marla Ahlgrimm
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that seeks to replace a woman’s missing or declining hormones, says HRT pioneer Marla Ahlgrimm. HRT has been used to treat women for a number of hormone-related conditions since the mid-20th century.

HRT is most common in menopausal and postmenopausal women, though it has recently gained popularity in transgender women. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that Premarin was the first commercially available HRT in the United States and was formulated using urine from a pregnant mare. Premarin is an estrogen that is different from estradiol produced naturally by a women.

Marla Ahlgrimm, who began dispensing natural HRT to help her pharmacy patients manage hormonal symptoms in the 1970s, says that most doctors prescribed the same standard dose to each patient. Ahlgrimm was one of the first pharmacists to advocate the use of compounded bioidentical hormones, which are those that are identical to hormones produced naturally. Premarin utilized synthetic hormones.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm: World’s Youngest Mother Turns 83

Marla Ahlgrimm
Lina Medina was just 5-years old when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy in Lima, Peru, on May 14th, 1939, reports Marla Ahlgrimm. The son, Gerardo Medina, passed away at the age of 40 in 1979. Lina turned 83 on September 27th, 2016.

Marla Ahlgrimm notes that Lina, who was brought to Dr. Gerardo Lozada in Pisco, Peru, on suspicion of an abdominal tumor, displayed signs of precocious puberty from three months of age.

Seeing her daughter’s belly expand, Lina’s mother believed the girl was suffering from an abdominal tumor. Her father, Tiburchio Medina, sought help with a shaman in his small village. However, as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, the Peruvian clerics could not help Lina. The pregnancy was discovered after Lina’s mother inadvertently felt the “tumor” move within Lina’s stomach. She then convinced her husband to deliver the child to the hospital some four hours away.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm: Daljinder Kaur World’s Oldest Mom

Marla Ahlgrimm
In 2016, an Indian woman named Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Gill became the world’s oldest set of first time parents at ages 72 and 79 respectively. Marla Ahlgrimm explains the birth was the result of two years of IVF treatment performed at the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Haryana, India.

According to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, Mrs. Kaur tried for five decades to conceive a child of her own, but with no luck. Though she was encouraged to adopt, Kaur claims she “knew” that she would one day have her own child. The son, born in April, is healthy despite concerns about the parents’ ages and the potential for health issues for the baby.

Kaur visited the clinic first in 2013, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The birth was the third attempt at in-vitro; two prior attempts resulted in failed pregnancies. Dr. Anurag Bishnoi, who owns the fertility center, made headlines in 2006 after helping another senior conceive. Rajo Devi, like Kaur, was desperate for a baby and found success with Dr. Bishnoi at the age of 70.

Monday, 24 October 2016

The New Presidency: Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Trump’s Stances on Women’s Health

Marla Ahlgrimm
The 2016 presidential election was a white knuckle affair for most of the country, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Now, the race is over and, regardless of who you were rooting for, Trump has emerged victorious. Here, Ahlgrimm answers a few questions about the president-elect’s viewpoints where women’s health is concerned.

Q: What is Donald Trump’s position on abortion?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Trump has, over the last 25 years, touted himself as both “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” In 2015, Trump made statements that he supported a 20 week ban and was against abortion with the exception of incest, rape, or when the mother’s life was at risk.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Prepares for the Holidays

Marla Ahlgrimm
Get ready, the holidays are coming! While the time between Thanksgiving and New Year is full of joyous occasions, Marla Ahlgrimm points out that it is also stressful. Ahlgrimm recently sat down to discuss ways to mitigate stress and anxiety during the busiest time of the year.

Q: What is the most stressful part of the holidays?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There’s no single answer to this question. Many women feel pressured to put on the perfect Thanksgiving dinner while others feel anxious about what to get their kids for Christmas. A vast majority of families tend to stress over money during the holidays. Weight gain has also been cited as one of the least desirable side effects of the season.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Q&A with Marla Ahlgrimm: Breast Cancer

Marla Ahlgrimm
Cancer is the #2 killer of women in the United States, says retired pharmacist and women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm. With greater than 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year, breast cancer accounts for a vast number of preventable deaths. Here, Ahlgrimm answers a few common questions about breast cancer.

Q: What causes breast cancer?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There is no definitive answer to this question. Breast cancer is simply the result of mutated cells in the breast tissue. This tissue may become damaged for any number of reasons, including excessive alcohol use. A family history of breast cancer, early onset menses, and obesity are just a few risk factors.

Monday, 5 September 2016

FAQ with Marla Ahlgrimm: Women’s Health

Marla Ahlgrimm
Women’s health expert, entrepreneur, and retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm responds to common questions about women’s health in the following FAQ.

Q: What is a PAP smear?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A Pap test is part of a preventative health exam for women. During a PAP smear, a doctor – either a primary care physician or gynecologist – will insert a small device inside of the cervix. This will collect a sample of cells from the cervical wall to be screened for abnormalities. Most experts recommend that a woman have her first pelvic exam after her first sexual encounter or by her 21st birthday, whichever comes first.

Q: I think I should be using birth control, but I don’t know much about it. What types of contraceptives are available?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There are a number of different methods by which a woman can prevent pregnancy; oral and topical patch birth controls are the most popular. Other birth control methods include internal barriers and quarterly medication to prevent ovulation. Permanent birth control procedures, such as tubal ligation and occlusion, are usually reserved for women who have had at least one birth. Condoms are, of course, still an option and one of the few that can prevent STD transmission.

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