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

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

Dr. Brian Acacio is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has a special interest in infertility. Dr. Acacio is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Acacio takes Health Net and Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Acacio (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Adventist Health System. Dr. Acacio is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

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

Dr. Ricardo Huete specializes in general gynecology and practices in Torrance, CA, Carson, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. Dr. Huete is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in high risk pregnancy. His professional affiliations include MemorialCare Health System, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Huete accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 sees patients in Santa Ana, CA and Irvine, CA. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Kaufman include erectile dysfunction (impotence), incontinence, and kidney problems. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Kaufman's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

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

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

Dr. Yoko Suzuki's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology. Her areas of expertise include infertility. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Suzuki is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna, as well as 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. She speaks Japanese. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Minimally Invasive Procedures, Gynecologic Surgery

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

Dr. Gunjan Bhatnagar specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology), obstetrics, and gynecology. Dr. Bhatnagar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Kannada, and Gujarati. She has a special interest in infertility, minimally invasive procedures, and surgical procedures. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She studied medicine at Mysore Medical College and Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Long Island College Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Bhatnagar is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare PPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhatnagar honors. Dr. Bhatnagar is open to new patients.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Irvine, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gabal-Shehab include erectile dysfunction (impotence), female urologic disorders, and infertility. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gabal-Shehab trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 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. Kristin Kleppe, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
7700 Irvine Center Drive; Suite 800
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Kristin Kleppe practices psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, depression, and infertility. Dr. Kleppe honors MultiPlan, Self-Pay/Uninsured, Medicare, and more. Her practice is open to 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 specialty is psychology. These areas are among Dr. Nathan's clinical interests: behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gender identity, 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Hammer include behavioral medicine, depression, and phobias. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Hammer has an open panel.

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

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

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

Dr. Kristina Roberts' areas of specialization are family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and child psychology; she sees patients in Apple Valley, CA, Mission Viejo, CA, and Victorville, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Roberts at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roberts takes. 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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Specializes in Social Work
2327 Via Mariposa West; Unit A
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Mr. Philip Copeland specializes in social work. His clinical interests include infidelity issues, phobias, and dissociative disorders. Mr. Copeland honors 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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