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's areas of specialization are family medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and general gynecology; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shoupe include menopause, contraception (birth control), and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Shoupe is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Shoupe has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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 obstetrician and gynecologist. Her areas of expertise consist of menopause, contraception (birth control), and fibroids. Dr. Pinheiro accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. 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. She has received the following distinctions: 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. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pinheiro is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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

Dr. Begum Ozel practices female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ozel include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), menopause, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). She is professionally affiliated with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Keck Hospital of USC. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ozel is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ozel include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Super Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2010-2015. Dr. Ozel (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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 an urologist. His clinical interests encompass prostate problems. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. Dr. Valvo is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Valvo graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Los Angeles, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney cancer. Dr. Boyd honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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. Dr. Boyd 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's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is conversant in Armenian. Her areas of expertise include infertility. Dr. Ketefian is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Ketefian average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ketefian takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ketefian 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.

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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 specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Natavio is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include menorrhagia (heavy periods), fibroids, and cervical dysplasia. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Her education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Natavio takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Natavio include: 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)

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 is a general obstetrician and gynecologist in Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Banooni's areas of expertise include the following: female infertility, high risk pregnancy, and fibroids. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Banooni has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Banooni (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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 is a reproductive endocrinologist in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids. Dr. Brennan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Jenny Jaque specializes in general gynecology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical interests include menopause, adolescent gynecology, and menorrhagia (heavy periods). She is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Jaque accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. Dr. Jaque 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

Dr. Sara Beth Twogood, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Sara Twogood sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include menopause, contraception (birth control), and abnormal bleeding. Dr. Twogood is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Twogood attended medical school at Albany Medical College. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to 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)

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

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

Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Wilson-Manigat accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Her 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 distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Wilson-Manigat (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Wilson-Manigat is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Gynecological Problems, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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

Dr. Roy Silver sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Silver (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His clinical interests include warts, menstrual disorders, and female infertility. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Silver obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at New York Downtown Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Silver honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Doctors and Dentists for Women.

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

All Interests: Warts, Menstrual Disorders, Adenomyosis, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clark include alcohol abuse, crisis intervention, and infertility. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Shield, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clark honors. He has an open panel.

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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)

Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
1720 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Joanne Steuer's areas of specialization are psychology and counseling. Her clinical interests include crisis intervention, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Steuer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Adventist Health System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality, gender identity

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Substance Abuse, ... (Read more)

Dr. Un Chu Agnes Oh, PsyD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Psychology
1125 W 6th Street; Suite 103
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Un Chu Oh works as a family therapist and psychologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Oh include crisis intervention, infidelity issues, and phobias. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance.

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

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Child Abuse, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ... (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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