We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Kaiser Permanente near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Amy Shah Dhesi, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
1127 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Amy Dhesi is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. These areas are among her clinical interests: male infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and fibroids. Dr. Dhesi takes Kaiser Permanente insurance. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Dhesi attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Dhesi has received include Robert W. Kiersted Humanitarian Scholarship, 2000 - 2001; Golden Key International Honour Society; and UCLA Provost Honors, 2000 - 2004. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, in Vitro Fertilization, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Family ... (Read more)

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. In Dr. Ketefian's practice, she is particularly interested in infertility. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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, Dr. Ketefian speaks Armenian. Dr. Ketefian is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

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. Dr. Wilson-Manigat is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. She honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente insurance. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Wilson-Manigat has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, 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)

Stacy-Colleen Nameth, MSW
Specializes in Social Work, Counseling, Psychotherapy
3171 Los Feliz Boulevard; Suite 307
Los Angeles, CA
 

Ms. Stacy-Colleen Nameth specializes in social work, counseling, and psychotherapy and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Ms. Nameth include depression, eclectic therapy, and guided imagery. HealthSmart, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Nameth takes.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Somatic Experiencing, Feminist Therapy, Mindfulness, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Susan T Minich, MSOM, MS
Specializes in Midwifery
4733 W Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Ms. Susan Minich specializes in midwifery. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Ms. Minich include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and migraine. She is an in-network provider for Kaiser Permanente insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Menstrual Disorders, Migraine, Infertility, Headache, Nutrition Issues, ... (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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