We found 11 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Medicare near Laguna Woods, CA.

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

Dr. Ricardo Huete works as a general gynecologist. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huete accepts. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Huete attended medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, High Risk Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Gunjan Bhatnagar's areas of specialization are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology), obstetrics, and gynecology; she sees patients in Irvine, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Bhatnagar is 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Bhatnagar's practice, she is particularly interested in high risk pregnancy, infertility, and minimally invasive procedures. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and Hoag Affiliated Physicians (HAP). AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare PPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhatnagar takes. Dr. Bhatnagar's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Mysore Medical College and Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences. Her residency was performed at Long Island College Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Bhatnagar (or staff) speaks Urdu, Kannada, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Surgical Procedures, High Risk Pregnancy, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Brian D Acacio, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
27882 Forbes Road; Suite 200
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Brian Acacio's medical specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. In Dr. Acacio's practice, he is particularly interested in infertility. He is affiliated with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Health Net and Medicare. Dr. Acacio has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Acacio is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

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). 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaufman include erectile dysfunction (impotence), incontinence, and kidney problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Kaufman is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kaufman's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Lamia L Gabal-Shehab, MD
Specializes in Urology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 405
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Lamia Gabal-Shehab is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Irvine, CA. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gabal-Shehab's clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), female urologic disorders, and infertility. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

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

Dr. Yoko Suzuki, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
3500 Barranca Parkway; #300
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Yoko Suzuki, who practices in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Suzuki has a special interest in infertility. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Suzuki has received include American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedure and Mitsui-Japanese Medical Society of America scholarship. In addition to English, she speaks Japanese. She is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Suzuki's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Kristin Kleppe, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
7700 Irvine Center Drive; Suite 800
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Kleppe is a psychologist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kleppe include behavioral medicine, depression, and infertility. She honors MultiPlan, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality, infertility

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

Dr. Susan Nathan's area of specialization is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nathan include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Nathan honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual orientation issues

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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 practices family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and child psychology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roberts include crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Dr. Roberts takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

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Specializes in Psychology, Neuropsychology
Dr. Barbara U Hammer; 923-b Avenida Majorca 923-b Avenida Majorca
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Dr. Barbara Hammer practices psychology and neuropsychology. Her areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, depression, and phobias. Dr. Hammer honors Medicare insurance. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Sleep Disorders, Feminist Therapy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Social Work
2327 Via Mariposa West; Unit A
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Mr. Philip Copeland is a social worker. Mr. Copeland's areas of expertise include the following: infidelity issues, phobias, and dissociative disorders. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual addiction, sexuality, intimacy issues, HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Child Abuse, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Separation, ... (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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