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 is a family medicine physician, infertility specialist, and general gynecologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shoupe include menopause, contraception (birth control), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Shoupe is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Shoupe is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2.

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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's areas of specialization are female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and gynecology; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), menopause, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Ozel's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She has received distinctions including 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 languages: Spanish and Turkish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests encompass prostate problems. Dr. Valvo's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Valvo accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Valvo's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Alyssa Mae Wittenberg, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Alyssa Quimby's specialty is general gynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Quimby include menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Quimby accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include USC Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Peer Selected Awards; Organization and Management; and Leadership. In addition to English, Dr. Quimby speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

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

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

Dr. Meaghan Pinheiro is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pinheiro include menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Pinheiro takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. 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 has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Dr. Pinheiro is conversant in Spanish.

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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)

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

Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Endocrine Diseases

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 works in Los Angeles, CA. Patients gave Dr. Boyd an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Boyd completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Boyd include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and The Best Doctors in America. He is professionally 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

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

Dr. Aline Ketefian is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, Dr. Ketefian focuses on infertility. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Ketefian accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. Her 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. In addition to English, she speaks Armenian.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

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

Dr. Melissa Natavio's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Natavio is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Her areas of expertise include the following: menorrhagia (heavy periods), fibroids, and cervical dysplasia. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Natavio's distinctions include: Top Doctors, Southern California Rising Stars, 2014, 2015; Top Doctor, Pasadena Magazine, 2011, 2015; and Phi Beta Kappa. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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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 specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Banooni's clinical interests: female infertility, high risk pregnancy, and fibroids. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Banooni has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Banooni (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Banooni is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He welcomes new patients.

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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. 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Her areas of expertise include menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids. Dr. Brennan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: 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)

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 practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Twogood include menopause, contraception (birth control), and abnormal bleeding. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Twogood takes. She obtained her medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Twogood's distinctions include: OBGYN Resident Award, 2011: Physician selected by your peers to be their personal physician and Southern California Rising Stars. She is conversant in 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's specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Jaque's clinical interests include menopause, adolescent gynecology, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). She takes 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). Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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. Dr. Jaque speaks Spanish. She is 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. Brandye V Wilson-Manigat, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
50 Alessandro Place; Suite 430
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente insurance. Dr. Wilson-Manigat studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson-Manigat's residency was performed at Rochester General Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Wilson-Manigat (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Roy Silver is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Los Angeles, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Silver is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, menstrual disorders, and female infertility. Dr. Silver is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Silver is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He trained at New York Downtown Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Doctors and Dentists for Women. Dr. Silver (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish.

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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. Craig G Clark, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling, Psychotherapy
1800 Fair Oaks Avenue; Suite A
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Craig Clark's specialties are psychology, counseling, and psychotherapy. He practices in South Pasadena, CA and Pasadena, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Clark average 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, crisis intervention, and infertility. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Clark is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction, sexuality, infertility, intimacy issues

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Men's Health ... (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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