About Marla Ahlgrimm
Retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm is a pioneer in the area of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and hormone imbalance. Throughout her three decades long career, Marla Ahlgrimm made educating women and their doctors about individualized healthcare choices her personal and professional mission. An acknowledged women’s health expert, healthcare provider and entrepreneur, Marla Ahlgrimm was one of the first in America to recognize, define and develop low-dose, natural hormone prescription therapy for managing the symptoms of PMS starting in the late 1970’s.
Starting with one woman who suffered severely for 2 weeks of every month, Marla Ahlgrimm identified her symptoms as Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), and discovered a treatment option in Europe that wasn’t available in the United States. After consulting with European clinicians, Marla Ahlgrimm worked with the patient’s doctor to provide her a customized, natural progesterone prescription. This woman was the first to be treated with natural progesterone in America. By word of mouth, more women and their doctors heard of the work Marla Ahlgrimm and her colleagues were doing and Ahlgrimm’s pharmacy practice began to grow.
In 1982, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, Inc., the first pharmacy in the United States to specialize in women’s health, specifically PMS. She had a vision of what personalized healthcare for women should be – an integration of exacting pharmaceutical science, state-of-the-art laboratory technology, and the traditional values of listening and responding to a patient’s individual health needs. Madison Pharmacy Associates was among the first in America to earn the PCAB Seal of Accreditation by meeting rigorous standards for excellence, quality and safety.
In 1993, Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America to serve the unique and complex hormonal health needs of women of all ages concerned about infertility, PMS, perimenopause, menopause, and healthy aging. By providing access to current and accurate health information, specialized health products, diagnostic testing, and individualized, low dose hormone therapy, Marla Ahlgrimm and her staff have worked with over 350,000 women and their doctors nationwide.
Marla Ahlgrimm is co-author of the groundbreaking books, The HRT Solution-Optimizing Your Hormone Potential (Avery 1999) and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome (Random House 1999). Marla Ahlgrimm is frequently interviewed about women’s health on national radio programs and featured in magazines, newspapers, and on television across the country. She is in constant demand to speak nationally on women’s health topics to both consumer and medical professionals. Marla Ahlgrimm has been lauded by the medical community for her published studies relating to PMS, menopause, infertility, and other hormone-related disorders.
Marla Ahlgrimm graduated from the University Of Wisconsin School Of Pharmacy in Madison and served as a licensed pharmacist until her retirement in 2016. In 1992, she established the Marla Ahlgrimm Scholarship Fund for University of Wisconsin pharmacy students interested in specializing in the area of women’s health. The Marla Ahlgrimm Scholarship Fund has helped dozens of young pharmacy students continue Ahlgrimm’s work.
Marla Ahlgrimm is an avid adventure traveler and enjoys exploring the world – from Africa to the rainforest of the Amazon to the mountains in Tibet. Ever the outdoorswoman, Marla Ahlgrimm loves golf, fly fishing and volunteering for many organizations.
Throughout her career, Marla Ahlgrimm personally helped thousands of women manage and overcome the symptoms of PMS. Her insistence on finding relief for that first patient paved the way for greater understanding, acceptance, and education on the topic of women’s health.