We found 10 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Aetna HealthFund HMO near Orinda, CA.

Dr. Jill Diane Foley, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas; Suite 15
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Jill Foley is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Foley attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Foley include women's health issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Foley is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Foley is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Arzou Diane Ahsan, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Arzou Ahsan's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Ahsan trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her areas of expertise include women's health issues. Patient ratings for Dr. Ahsan average 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahsan accepts. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ahsan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Ahsan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Vineela Ravva Poddatoori, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Vineela Poddatoori works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist in San Jose, CA, Orinda, CA, and Berkeley, CA. Dr. Poddatoori is especially interested in women's health issues. She is rated highly by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Poddatoori (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Medical Spanish, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Incontinence, Sexual Dysfunction, High Risk Pregnancy, Fibroids, Women's Health Issues, Abnormal ... (Read more)

Dr. Marilyn Masten Honegger, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Marilyn Honegger practices general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Honegger has a special interest in women's health issues. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Honegger has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Honegger's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Megan Frances Jewell, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Megan Mihok sees patients in Berkeley, CA, Orinda, CA, and Richmond, CA. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Mihok is conversant in Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mihok include women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Mihok is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Mihok average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Mihok has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Pavithra Venkateswaran, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 301
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Pavithra Venkat, who practices in Berkeley, CA and Richmond, CA, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Venkat has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Venkat is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Venkat is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Neil Rudd, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 301
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Richard Rudd is a general OB/GYN in Berkeley, CA and Richmond, CA. His clinical interests include women's health issues. The average patient rating for Dr. Rudd is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rudd honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Rudd's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Intrauterine Device Insertion, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Erxin Erxin Zhang, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Cindy Zhang practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Berkeley, CA and Orinda, CA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zhang include women's health issues. Dr. Zhang is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Zhang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, High Risk Pregnancy, Fibroids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Beth Ann Matlock, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Beth Matlock works as a general gynecologist in Berkeley, CA and Orinda, CA. Dr. Matlock's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Matlock's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Contraception, Hormone Therapy, Gynecological Problems, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Leon Ross, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Phillip Ross is an urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Ross (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Ross's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter Delta Medical Center. Dr. Ross's education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, male sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic ... (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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