We found 12 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield of California near Laguna Hills, CA.

Dr. Ricardo E Huete, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 540
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ricardo Huete practices general gynecology. Dr. Huete's clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Huete studied medicine at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Huete trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. Dr. Huete has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, High Risk Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Jeffrey Evan Kaufman, MD
Specializes in Urology
16300 Sand Canyon; Suite 910
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kaufman's clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), incontinence, and kidney problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, CIGNA Plans, and more. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kaufman is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Cancer, Urodynamics, Lithotripsy, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Gunjan Lara Bhatnagar, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology
33 Creek Road; Suite 270
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Gunjan Bhatnagar's specialties are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology), obstetrics, and gynecology. She practices in Irvine, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Bhatnagar is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhatnagar include infertility, minimally invasive procedures, and surgical procedures. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare PPO. She is open to new patients. Dr. Bhatnagar's education and training includes medical school at Mysore Medical College and Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and residency at Long Island College Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Bhatnagar (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Kannada, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Lamia L Gabal-Shehab, MD
Specializes in Urology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 405
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Lamia Gabal-Shehab works as an urologist. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Gabal-Shehab is especially interested in erectile dysfunction (impotence), female urologic disorders, and infertility. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Gabal-Shehab attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

All Interests: Infertility, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy, Female Urologic Disorders, Interstitial Cystitis

Dr. Richard Elliot Landis, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30101 Town Center Drive; Suite 201
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Richard Landis' area of specialization is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Landis include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. Dr. Landis honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality, infertility

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Infertility, Psychopharmacology, Education ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Angioli, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30011 Ivy Glenn Drive; Suite 205
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Michael Angioli practices psychology in Laguna Niguel, CA. Dr. Angioli's areas of expertise include the following: depression, stress management, and anxiety. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , intimacy issues

All Interests: Depression, Intimacy Issues, Grief, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, Coaching, Divorce ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan J Nathan, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
469 Calle Cadiz; Unit C
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Dr. Susan Nathan works as a psychologist. Dr. Nathan's areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Education Consultation, Diagnostic Evaluation, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Child Psychology
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 201
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Kristina Roberts is a family therapist, cognitive therapist, and pediatric psychologist. These areas are among Dr. Roberts's clinical interests: crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Education Consultation, Diagnostic Evaluation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ... (Read more)

Sheryl Elizabeth Woodhouse
Specializes in Family Therapy
23121 Verdugo Drive; Suite 200
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Ms. Sheryl Woodhouse is a family therapist in Mission Viejo, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. Her clinical interests include behavior therapy, christian counseling, and narrative therapy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Woodhouse has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eung Eungsoon Park, PhD
Specializes in Acupuncture
30110 Crown Valley Parkway; #107
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Eric Park is an acupuncturist in Laguna Niguel, CA. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), cancer supportive care, and menstrual disorders. Dr. Park is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. In addition to English, Dr. Park speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Richard M Vogel, MA, MS
Specializes in Family Therapy
23547 Moulton Parkway; Suite 209
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Mr. Richard Vogel is a family therapist in Laguna Hills, CA and Long Beach, CA. Clinical interests for Mr. Vogel include crisis intervention, depression, and immigration issues. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Men's Health Issues, Education, Family Therapy Services, ... (Read more)

Colleen Demi Young, MS
Specializes in Family Therapy
23421 S Pointe Drive; Suite 230
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Ms. Colleen Young's area of specialization is family therapy. Areas of expertise for Ms. Young include crisis intervention, infidelity issues, and phobias. She is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Young has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, intimacy issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Child Abuse, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Separation, Substance ... (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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