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We found 7 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield of California near Laguna Niguel, CA.

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

Dr. Richard Landis works as a psychologist in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Landis include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. Dr. Landis accepts 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

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

Dr. Michael Angioli works as a psychologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Angioli at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include depression, stress management, and anxiety. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , intimacy issues

All Interests: Depression, Intimacy Issues, Grief, Life Coaching, Coaching, Divorce Counseling, Stress Management, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Kristina Roberts specializes in family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and child psychology. These areas are among Dr. Roberts's clinical interests: crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Patient ratings for Dr. Roberts average 1.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

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Libby J Gilman-Fleming, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
32302 Camino Capistrano; Suite 202
San Juan Capistrano, CA
 

Ms. Libby Gilman-Fleming specializes in social work. Her areas of expertise include depression, behavior therapy, and child abuse. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Gilman-Fleming is conversant in Swedish. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Depression, Child Abuse, Infertility, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Substance Abuse, Education, ... (Read more)

Sheryl Elizabeth Woodhouse
Specializes in Family Therapy
26391 Crown Valley Parkway; #110
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Ms. Sheryl Woodhouse specializes in family therapy. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavior therapy, christian counseling, and narrative therapy. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Ms. Woodhouse is accepting new patients.

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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; Suite 107
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Eric Park's specialty is acupuncture. Dr. Park's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), cancer supportive care, and menstrual disorders. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Park speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

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Ann Seaman Friedman
Specializes in Counseling
33161 Camino Capistrano; Suite K1
San Juan Capistrano, CA
 

Ms. Ann Friedman practices counseling in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Clinical interests for Ms. Friedman include depression, child abuse, and infidelity issues. She is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Friedman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

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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.