Women’s Health Clinic in Kernersville NC
Women’s health is a dynamic and evolving field, with a focus on promoting overall well-being and addressing health issues. Regular check-ups and living a healthy lifestyle all contribute to women’s health. Dr. Andrew Chow, MD, FACP, and his team at Kernersville Primary Care focus on offering comprehensive and specialized medical care to women at every stage of their lives. For further assistance, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 420 West Mountain St. Kernersville, NC 27284.
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Much commonly known information regarding symptoms or treatments for serious health conditions, such as heart attacks, is based on studies performed on mostly men, with the medical field only recently fully understanding just how differently these health conditions affect women from men. Women’s health not only includes a focus on the female anatomy and health conditions that are unique to those assigned female at birth but also includes providing preventative care and treatments for health conditions that present differently among women.
Women’s health issues can include any health conditions that affect women differently than they do men, not just considering specifically gynecological concerns, although they are an important aspect of women’s health, but also any health condition that displays differently than in men or requires different treatment plans. Women’s health issues concerning gynecological health often refer to fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and breast health. General women’s health issues can include anything from managing osteoporosis, diabetes, urinary conditions, and colorectal cancer, to helping the healing process following sports injuries or other types of traumas. For example, when a woman suffers from a heart attack, the symptoms that we know to look out for are more common among men, making it much more difficult for the average woman to know if the symptoms they are experiencing are that of a heart attack.
Being knowledgeable about how health conditions present and develop among women versus men helps to catch life-threatening conditions much earlier allowing for better prognosis and outcomes. It is common for the known symptoms, treatments, and prognoses of many health conditions to only be based on the male experience, leaving many women vulnerable to allowing health conditions to continue to develop without them even being aware of what is going on or causing symptoms. Patients or caregivers who are informed or knowledgeable regarding their health, risks, and likely symptoms can communicate with healthcare providers much more effectively, making advocating for their health much easier. Women also face many unique health issues that often require the support of a specialist, having access to quality specialist care, and healthcare providers that are experienced enough to ensure that all patients assigned female at birth can receive good quality preventative care and treatments.
To improve women’s health, general knowledge needs to be increased for both patients and caregivers so that the specific needs of women can be addressed before progressing or can be prevented altogether. To improve the health of individual women, preventative care and education are essential, including regular screenings for health issues that concern all people as well as specifically those assigned female at birth. This preventative care will also reduce the patient’s risk of developing particular health conditions and will catch non-preventable conditions very early on, allowing for a more effective and easier course of treatment in many cases. The long-term health of all patients, regardless of sex, is heavily dependent on preventative care, which relies on the individual patient not only having access to quality health care that is specialized to recognize and treat their specific concerns but also for the patient to be knowledgeable regarding their health and when medical attention should be sought. All women are encouraged to include regularly scheduled visits with their healthcare provider or a women’s health specialist to receive screenings for conditions for which they may be at risk and to gain knowledge regarding the best ways to maintain good health with recommendations that are specific to their lifestyle, health, and medical history.
Women’s health will typically include a focus on both reproductive health as well as checking for or managing health conditions that are more common among women. Women’s health specialists will be able to provide more accurate screening processes, preventative services, and treatments that are specifically designed to better suit the female anatomy while taking health concerns specific to women into account. Appointments with a women’s health specialist will likely also include educating the patients regarding how some more serious health conditions may present for them, with most people only being aware of how these conditions present in men. The preventative care provided to women will be very different from just general medicine as it will include reproductive health such as regular pap smears, gynecological checkups, and menopause treatment.
Lifestyle decisions may significantly reduce health risks and enable you to live the life you choose, regardless of age. To receive medical care for women, visit Kernersville Primary Care. For further assistance, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 420 West Mountain St. Kernersville, NC 27284. We serve patients from Kernersville NC, Colfax NC, Walkertown NC, Oak Ridge NC, Wallburg NC, Belews Creek NC, Winston-Salem NC, and surrounding areas.
Additional Services We Offer
- Family Practice
- Internal Medicine
- Weight Loss Management
- Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
- Telehealth Visits
- Full Laboratory Services
- Covid Testing
- Women’s Health
- Sports and Camp Physicals
- Same Day Appointments
- Acute Sick Visits
- Preventive Health Screenings
- Chronic Care Management
- Annual Physicals
- Pre-employment Physicals
- School Physicals