We found 43 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Donna Shoupe, MBA, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, General Gynecology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Donna Shoupe's areas of specialization are family medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and general gynecology; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Shoupe include menopause, contraception (birth control), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Shoupe attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control), infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Amenorrhea, Contraception, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Gynecological ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlton Francis Valvo, MD
Specializes in Urology
1500 S. Central Avenue; Suite 108
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Valvo specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Valvo focuses on prostate problems. Dr. Valvo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. Dr. Valvo attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Begum Ozel, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Begum Ozel is a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and gynecology. These areas are among her clinical interests: urge incontinence (overactive bladder), menopause, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). Dr. Ozel takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Super Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2010-2015. Dr. Ozel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Turkish. Dr. Ozel is affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control), tubal ligation

All Interests: Menopause, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Urinary Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Meaghan Maureen Pinheiro, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1300 N Vermont Avenue; 301
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Meaghan Pinheiro practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Pinheiro is conversant in Spanish. She has a special interest in menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Pinheiro's distinctions include: You're a Star, awarded to physicians at LAC+USC for excellent patient care; Dean's Fellowship Awards for Undergraduate Faculty Research, Boston College, Summer and Fall; and Dean's List, Boston College, Fall 2000 through Spring 2003.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Contraception, Fibroids, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1510 South Central Avenue; Suite 550
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Aung Thwin is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Dr. Thwin obtained his medical school training at the University of Medicine, Yangon and the University of Medicine, Mandalay and performed his residency at Franklin Square Hospital Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thwin include menopause. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thwin honors. He is conversant in Burmese. Dr. Thwin is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. Dr. Thwin is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Beth Erin Julian Wang, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1500 San Pablo Street; 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Beth Julian-Wang's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cancer screening, adolescent gynecology, and gynecologic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Julian-Wang is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Julian-Wang is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Well Women Care, Cancer Screening, Adolescent Gynecology, Contraception, Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Alyssa Mae Wittenberg, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1300 South Vermont Avenue; Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alyssa Quimby is a general gynecologist. She is especially interested in menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. Dr. Quimby accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She has received the following distinctions: USC Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Peer Selected Awards; Organization and Management; and Leadership. In addition to English, Dr. Quimby speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Contraception, Fibroids, Women's Health Issues, Gynecologic Surgery, Alternative Medicine

Dr. Sara Beth Twogood, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1200 N State Street; Inpatient Tower, Room C3 F107
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Sara Twogood sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Twogood include menopause, contraception (birth control), and abnormal bleeding. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. She studied medicine at Albany Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Twogood is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Twogood include: OBGYN Resident Award, 2011: Physician selected by your peers to be their personal physician and Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Pelvic Pain, Hysteroscopy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Contraception, Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart D Boyd, MD
Specializes in Urology
1441 Eastlake Avenue, Kenneth Norris Cancer Center; Suite 7416
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stuart Boyd is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney cancer. Dr. Boyd is professionally affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Boyd accepts. His 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). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and The Best Doctors in America.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Urethral Reconstruction, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Aline S Ketefian, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aline Ketefian's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ketefian include infertility. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and more. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. Dr. Ketefian has received professional recognition including the following: Scholarship Award, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society; Leo G. Rigler, M.D. Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement; and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Certificate of Appreciation. She speaks Armenian. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2020 Zonal Avenue; Ird Room 509
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Melissa Natavio practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise include menorrhagia (heavy periods), fibroids, and cervical dysplasia. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Natavio accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Natavio attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Top Doctors, Southern California Rising Stars, 2014, 2015; Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine, 2011, 2015; and Phi Beta Kappa. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control), tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Contraception, Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peyman Banooni, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1919 W 7th Street; Unit 2a
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Peyman Banooni's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Banooni's areas of expertise include the following: female infertility, high risk pregnancy, and fibroids. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Banooni has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Banooni (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Banooni has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , female infertility, HPV (human papillomavirus), tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, HPV, Ectopic Pregnancy, Adenomyosis, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenny Mariella Jaque, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1200 N State Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jenny Jaque is a medical specialist in general gynecology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, adolescent gynecology, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). Dr. Jaque is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. She attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Jaque honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jaque include: Faculty Mentorship Award, Keck School of Medicine of USC; Student Teaching Award, Keck School of Medicine of USC; and APGO/CREOG Excellence in Teaching National Award.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control), tubal ligation

All Interests: Menopause, Adolescent Gynecology, Pelvic Pain, Cervical Dysplasia, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandye V Wilson-Manigat, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 430
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente insurance. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Wilson-Manigat has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Wilson-Manigat (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Wilson-Manigat is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Gynecological Problems, Gynecologic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2502 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Roy Silver specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Silver attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York Downtown Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, menstrual disorders, and female infertility. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Silver honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Silver include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Doctors and Dentists for Women. Dr. Silver (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

All Interests: Warts, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Cesarean Section, HPV, Intrauterine Device, Menstrual ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Marie Brennan, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
200 Ucla Medical Plaza, Department of Ob/gyn; Suite 220
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Brennan is an infertility specialist. These areas are among Dr. Brennan's clinical interests: menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Brennan completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Brennan is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Genetic Issues, Hysteroscopy, Endoscopic ... (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.