Women's Health Specialist

Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Charlotte, NC

From adolescence onward, women face a whole slew of unique health concerns that benefit from preventive care and regular exams. At Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care in Charlotte, North Carolina, doctors Sylvia Okoye, MD and Joseph Okoye, MD, FACP provide women’s health care through every stage of life. If you’re looking for professional, compassionate medical care for women’s health issues, call or click online to book an appointment at Eastway Medical Clinic today.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health stands apart from men’s in a variety of ways. Pregnancy is the most obvious, but every woman should pay special attention to their reproductive health. Cancers affecting the breasts, ovaries, and cervix are much easier to treat when you discover them early.

At Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care, Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye understand a woman’s unique needs and strive to provide the highest level of care. They encourage women to take charge of their health with annual well-woman exams and proper home care.

What issues affect women’s health?

Certain conditions that affect men and women pose a larger threat to women’s health. For example, women suffer higher rates of death from heart attack than men. Health issues that are exclusive to women include:

  • Cervical and ovarian cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

Several health problems present more severe consequences, or occur more frequently, in women, such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis, especially after menopause
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Autoimmune diseases

What happens during a well-woman exam?

Exactly what occurs during your well-woman exam depends on your health, age, and lifestyle choices. An adolescent who is not sexually active may have a basic physical with extra time to discuss questions or concerns about her body. Women and adolescents who are sexually active also require pap tests and pelvic exams.

During a well-woman exam, Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye ask questions about the following:

  • Your menstrual cycle
  • The frequency of your periods
  • Your sexual history
  • Any medical problems in your family
  • Any vaginal pain, itching, or discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Safe sex and birth control options

Being completely honest with Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye is critical. So is sharing any concerns you may have about your menstrual cycle, sexual health, or reproductive organs.

Why are well-woman exams important?

Even if you’re feeling healthy, annual well-woman exams play a crucial role in preventive care. These visits help you monitor your health and allow Drs. Sylvia and Joseph Okoye to notice any changes in your body right away.

In addition to a basic physical exam, your well-woman visit may involve the following:

  • Breast exams
  • Mammograms after age 40
  • STD tests, if requested

If you’re a woman who’s ready to take control of your health, call Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.