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We found 41 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 is a family medicine practitioner, reproductive endocrinologist, and general gynecologist. In addition to English, Dr. Shoupe speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include menopause, contraception (birth control), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Shoupe has received the following distinctions: 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. Begum Ozel, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Begum Ozel works as a female pelvic medicine specialist and gynecologist in Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Ozel include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), menopause, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Ozel has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Super Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2010-2015. In addition to English, Dr. Ozel (or staff) speaks Spanish and Turkish. She is professionally 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. Carlton Francis Valvo, MD
Specializes in Urology
1500 S. Central Avenue; Suite 108
Glendale, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Valvo works as an urologist in Glendale, CA. Dr. Valvo is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests encompass prostate problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Valvo attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valvo honors. Dr. Valvo is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, 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 sees patients in Pasadena, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Julian-Wang has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include cancer screening, adolescent gynecology, and gynecologic surgery. Her professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Keck Medicine of USC. She is an in-network provider for Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Julian-Wang's residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

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

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

Dr. Meaghan Pinheiro works as a general OB/GYN in Los Angeles, CA. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pinheiro include menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. Dr. Pinheiro honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pinheiro 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. In addition to English, Dr. Pinheiro speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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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. His clinical interests encompass menopause. On average, patients gave Dr. Thwin a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thwin graduated from the University of Medicine, Yangon and the University of Medicine, Mandalay. He trained at Franklin Square Hospital Center for residency. He is conversant in Burmese. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. Dr. Thwin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

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

Dr. Alyssa Quimby's area of specialization is general gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Quimby include menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. Dr. Quimby accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Quimby's training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Quimby include: USC Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Peer Selected Awards; Organization and Management; and Leadership. In addition to English, she 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. Roy Silver, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2502 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Roy Silver works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Silver studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at New York Downtown Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. Clinical interests for Dr. Silver include warts, menstrual disorders, and fibroids. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silver is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Silver include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Doctors and Dentists for Women; and Annual Research Paper Day Winner, University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Silver (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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

All Interests: Warts, Infertility, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Cesarean Section, HPV, Intrauterine Device, ... (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's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of clinical interest consist of bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney cancer. Dr. Boyd's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Boyd has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and The Best Doctors in America. He is affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

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

Dr. Melissa Natavio is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, Dr. Natavio speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Natavio include menorrhagia (heavy periods), fibroids, and cervical dysplasia. She is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Natavio attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Natavio has received professional recognition including the following: Top Doctors, Southern California Rising Stars, 2014, 2015; Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine, 2011, 2015; and Phi Beta Kappa.

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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. 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 graduated from Albany Medical College. Dr. Twogood completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her clinical interests include menopause, contraception (birth control), and abnormal bleeding. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Twogood honors. She has received the distinction of OBGYN Resident Award, 2011: Physician selected by your peers to be their personal physician. In addition to English, Dr. Twogood speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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

Dr. Jenny Jaque is a general gynecologist. These areas are among Dr. Jaque's clinical interests: menopause, adolescent gynecology, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Dr. Jaque is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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

Dr. Peyman Banooni sees patients in Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. In addition to English, Dr. Banooni (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. These areas are among Dr. Banooni's clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, fibroids, and endometrial ablation. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Banooni is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Banooni welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Infertility, Hysteroscopy, HPV, Ectopic Pregnancy, Adenomyosis, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy, High Risk ... (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. Her areas of expertise include the following: menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Brennan attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. 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, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

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

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Aline Ketefian practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Los Angeles, CA. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Ketefian is especially interested in infertility. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ketefian's distinctions include: 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. Dr. Ketefian 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
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 430
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Her clinical interests include gynecological problems, infertility, and gynecologic surgery. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. Dr. Wilson-Manigat's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Rochester General Hospital. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Wilson-Manigat (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Gynecological Problems, Gynecologic Surgery

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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.