Having a woman’s body is wonderful—but it isn’t easy. As women grow and age, it’s important to be aware of health issues and risks that are unique to women.
So much changes over a lifetime, from adolescence to the childbearing years, to menopause and beyond. Women start, and then stop, menstruating. They navigate pregnancy and childbirth and the joys and challenges of having children—or not. They may struggle with sexually transmitted infections, infertility, postpartum depression or pelvic floor disorders. Along the way, women must consider their risks for cancer and know when to be screened.
As women grow and age, it’s important to be aware of health issues and risks that are unique to women.
It’s a lot to keep track of, but, fortunately, there are experts to help you stay well. Here, OB-GYNs Phelicia Flanagan, MD, and Katherine Barrett, MD, who work closely with UNC REX Healthcare, take us on a journey through a woman’s life.
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Phelicia Flanagan, MD, is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Wilkerson OB-GYN in Raleigh.
Katherine Barrett, MD, is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Capital Area OB-GYN in Raleigh and Cary.