For some women, a little cream can go a long way toward restoring health. According to Marla Ahlgrimm of Madison Pharmacy Associates, “We find that very small amounts of natural hormone creams can restore physiologic hormone levels and provide relief from specific symptoms.” Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm went on to explain that a PMS sufferer who alters her lifestyle to include diet and exercise changes and specific nutritional supplements may find she is able to manage her symptoms completely. However, the co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates also related that others may find they need something more. “Applying natural progesterone cream to her inner arms or wrists twice a day for 2 weeks may be just what she needs for more difficult symptoms,” Marla Ahlgrimm noted.
Vaginal creams can provide significant relief for women concerned about vaginal dryness and urinary stress incontinence, said the co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates. Low dose estrogen vaginal creams can provide significant benefits, according to Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm. Most doctors prescribe vaginal estrogen creams be used two to three times a week. Estradiol can be prescribed as a skin cream or gel, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, co-author of The HRT Solution. Estradiol is used to relieve symptoms of hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and decrease bone loss as natural estrogen levels fall with age.
“Sex drive changes during perimenopause may also improve with low dose, natural testosterone cream,” Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, explained.
The Madison Pharmacy Associates pharmacist based in Madison, Wisconsin pointed out that natural hormone therapy is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Most of Madison Pharmacy Associates’ patients use prescription hormone creams in addition to healthy lifestyle changes.
According to Madison Pharmacy Associates, prescription hormone therapy needs to be monitored by your physician to make sure its effects are positive. “Our consulting pharmacists can also advise women and their physicians about the proper use of natural hormone creams,” Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Ahlgrimm concluded.
Since introducing the medical community to the term premenstrual syndrome (PMS) three decades ago, Madison Pharmacy Associates’ Marla Ahlgrimm has become a respected pioneer in women’s health. A Madison, Wisconsin resident, Ahlgrimm is the co-author of two books, The HRT Solution-Optimizing Your Hormone Potential and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. The information in this article has been previously published and is provided as a reference resource by Madison Pharmacy Associates and 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 www.cyclinpharma.com