Q: How has your education and experience in the pharmaceutical field influenced your view on treatments for PMS symptoms?
Marla Ahlgrimm: For over 30 years, it’s been my goal to help women with their health needs. In the early stages of my pharmaceutical practice, it was difficult to find the right methods for managing PMS symptoms such as intense cravings, mood swings, fluid retention and anxiety. Nowadays, a number of over-the-counter medications have been developed to accomplish these tasks. Lifestyle and diet modifications can also help women take back control of their monthly PMS symptoms. It’s important to remember that a key part of a woman’s treatment is developing a clear understanding of what’s behind these symptoms.
Q: From your conversations with women, what is usually the most uncomfortable or embarrassing aspect of PMS?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Water weight gain is cited quite often by women with PMS. Many women discover that clothing fits tighter and that their ankles swell. This can often be attributed to a spike in estrogen levels and a low progesterone level during the closing stages of the PMS cycle.