We found 132 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Beverly Hills, CA.

Dr. Soroush Adam Ramin, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2080 Century Park East; Suite 1407
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soroush Ramin is an urologist and cancer surgeon in North Hollywood, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ramin (or staff) speaks Spanish, Armenian, and Russian. Dr. Ramin's areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Ramin is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ramin has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Removal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gayane Ambartsumyan, MD, PhD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
6330 San Vicente Boulevard; Suite 408
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gayane Ambartsumyan, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, Redondo Beach, CA, and Westminster, CA, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ambartsumyan's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Ambartsumyan (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Ambartsumyan's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Manoochehr Yashari, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
1260 15th Street; Suite 616
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Manoochehr Yashari sees patients in Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialty is obstetrics. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Yashari include menopause. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Yashari attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Yashari (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Yashari welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Ingrid Anne Rodi, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
200 Medical Plaza; 202
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ingrid Rodi is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. She works in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Rodi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Portuguese. Dr. Rodi's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Rodi attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Rodi average 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Rodi has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Hysteroscopy, in Vitro Fertilization, Fibroids, Women's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Obstetrics
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 1265w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. John Edwards is a specialist in obstetrics. He works in Santa Monica, CA. His areas of expertise consist of menopause, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence. Patient ratings for Dr. Edwards average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Edwards is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Edwards's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Osteoporosis, Urinary Incontinence, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Endocrine ... (Read more)

Dr. Billy Yee, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
99 N. La Cienega Boulevard; Suite 111
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Billy Yee practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yee include infertility. Dr. Yee's professional affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Yee is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Jacob Rajfer, MD
Specializes in Urology
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jacob Rajfer's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rajfer's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), male infertility, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rajfer attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Voted Best Doctors; America's Top Doctors; and Best Doctors in America.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy, Peyronie's Disease, Male Infertility, Urethral Stricture, Prostate ... (Read more)

Dr. David Ghozland, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
530 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 202b
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. David Ghozland is a general gynecology specialist. Dr. Ghozland (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. His clinical interests include cystocele (bladder prolapse), fibroids, and endometrial ablation. Dr. Ghozland is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai and Saint John's Health Center. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College and performed his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital, Staten Island and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ghozland takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received the following distinctions: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Member of North American Menopause Society RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Cystocele, Labiaplasty, CO2 Laser Treatment, Cervical Dysplasia, Circumcision, Ovarian Cancer, HPV, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mousa Issa Shamonki, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics, Gynecology
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 430
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mousa Shamonki's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shamonki include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Shamonki studied medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. He has received the following distinction: Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Shamonki is conversant in Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Laser Treatment, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic Surgery, in Vitro ... (Read more)

Dr. Carolyn Joy Alexander, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
450 N Roxbury Drive; Suite 500
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Carolyn Alexander is an infertility specialist. She has a special interest in male infertility, female infertility, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Alexander is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Alexander attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Dr. Alexander has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, female infertility

All Interests: Female Infertility, Male Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Daniel Anthony Dumesic, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
200 Medical Plaza; Suite 430
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Dumesic practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Dumesic has indicated that his clinical interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and recurrent miscarriage. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Dumesic's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has received professional recognition including the following: Mayo Award for Excellence in Leadership.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, in Vitro Fertilization, Recurrent Miscarriage, Hirsutism

Specializes in Urology, Other
9808 Venice Boulevard; Suite 602
Culver City, CA
 

Dr. Sameer Malhotra's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, Dr. Malhotra (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi. He has indicated that his clinical interests include prostate problems and kidney problems. Dr. Malhotra is affiliated with Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Malhotra's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases, Kidney Problems

Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1245 16th Street; Suite 312
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Tristan Bickman's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology; she sees patients in Santa Monica, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bickman's areas of expertise include the following: menopause, anti-aging, and high risk pregnancy. Patient ratings for Dr. Bickman average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bickman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Dr. Bickman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Anti-Aging, Hormone Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Margareta Pisarska is an infertility specialist in Los Angeles, CA. She is conversant in Polish. These areas are among her clinical interests: male infertility, female infertility, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Pisarska is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, she performed her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Pisarska is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, female infertility

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, in Vitro Fertilization, Female Infertility, Male Infertility

Dr. Gregory Lawrence Cason, PhD
Specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Health Psychology, Counseling
566 S. San Vincente Boulevard; 201
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Cason practices cognitive-behavioral therapy, health psychology, and counseling in Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: sexuality, stress management, and anxiety. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Health and Private Practice. Dr. Cason is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Phobias, Men's Health Issues, Employment Issues, Sexuality, Stress Management, Anxiety, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Urology
8635 W 3rd Street; Suite 870w
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Howard Kim works as an urologist in Los Angeles, CA. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kim attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Kim has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kim (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Cystoscopy, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, ... (Read more)

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What is Sexual Health?

Sexual health is a broad and loosely defined term that encompasses several extremely different areas of medicine. Sexual health not only includes physical health related to the act of sex, but also emotional, mental, or identity issues that can interfere with healthy sexuality. Because this scope is so broad, a huge number of health care professionals can accurately say they work in the sexual health specialty. Some of the many varied conditions included in sexual health include intimacy disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, LGBTQ issues, and sexual violence.

Sexual intimacy disorders are those that cause problems with the act of sexual intercourse, such as erectile dysfunction or vulvodynia. Erectile dysfunction, the inability to get or maintain an erection hard enough for sexual intercourse, is extremely common. It affects fully half of men over 40 to some degree. It is treated with medications, devices, or surgery. Vulvodynia, burning pain in the vulva that can be made worse with sexal activity, has no known cause. It is treated with oral or topical medications.

Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are bacterial or viral infections that are contagious in the bodily fluids exchanged during sexual contact. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, help prevent the spread of STDs. HIV is a virus that can be caught from an infected person’s sexual fluids or blood. When the virus infects the body, it interferes with the immune system and causes the disease known as AIDS. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications can help people with AIDS live a long and healthy life. Herpes is also a virus found in sexual fluids, called HSV-2. It causes blisters that come and go on the genitals. There is no cure for herpes, but anti-virals can minimize outbreaks. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are both bacterial infections. They are extremely common and often have no symptoms. The most common signs of an infection are burning pain and discharge. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be treated with medications.

Reproductive health refers to both contraception and infertility treatment. Contraceptives prevent and plan the timing of pregnancy. Some, such as a vasectomy or tubal ligation, are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Others, such as spermicides, are less reliable. Popular contraceptives include condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, and diaphragms. On the other side of reproductive health, infertility is the inability to carry a pregnancy to term after one year of trying. It can be due to problems in either the man or the woman, and both genders are affected equally. In total, about 15% of the population suffer from infertility. Infertility treatments include medications and surgery.

Gay and transgender people are as healthy as anyone else, but they have a few specific health care needs that may sometimes fall under the sexual health umbrella. First, many LGBT people still face discrimination from healthcare providers, so providing supportive and appropriate care is an issue. Because of social attitudes surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, many gay and transgender people struggle with their identities. Rates of depression, substance abuse, and suicide are all higher in this group. Providing mental health support and counseling to those in transition is critical. Finally, transgender patients who are undergoing gender affirmation require sensitive medical health care, including surgical and hormonal treatment.

Sexual violence can be defined as any unwanted or non-consensual sexual activity. It ranges from sexual harassment to touching to rape. It affects women more than men and is widespread: 1 in 4 women report being victims of sexual violence at the hands of a partner, and as many as 1 in 3 girls report their first sexual contact as being violent. Sexual violence has lasting physical and emotional consequences for victims, but educating both girls and boys can prevent violence. Care for those who have endured sexual violence includes counseling and mental health support, medical care, and legal support.

Humans are sexual creatures from the time we reach puberty through the rest of our lives. Sexuality is more than a reproductive requirement -- it is a form of expression and identity. Sexual health blends all these aspects of our experience together and helps us lead sexually fulfilling lives.
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