We found 7 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near San Marcos, CA.

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Dr. Matthew John Weltsch, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
502 W. El Norte Parkway
Escondido, CA

Dr. Matthew Weltsch practices psychology in Escondido, CA. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, depression, and domestic abuse. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weltsch accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Phobias, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Gay and Lesbian Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda Eileen Savage, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
1164 Eklund Court
Vista, CA

Dr. Linda Savage works as a psychologist in Vista, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Savage include sexual dysfunction, life transitions, and psychotherapy treatment. She is in-network for Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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All Interests: Life Transitions, Couples Therapy, Sexual Dysfunction, Psychotherapy Treatment

Specializes in Psychology
950 Boardwalk; Suite 304
San Marcos, CA

Dr. Sven Schild practices psychology. Dr. Schild's clinical interests include abuse, depression, and gender identity. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Schild (or staff) speaks the following languages: Sign Language and German.

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All Interests: Depression, Deafness, Dissociative Disorders, Grief, Divorce Issues, Abuse, Life Transitions, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychology
1259 Sugarbush Drive
Vista, CA

Dr. Arlys McDonald's specialty is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. McDonald include sexual dysfunction, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. McDonald is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance.

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All Interests: Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Dysfunction

Amy M Price
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
1740 La Costa Meadows Drive; Suite 104, Office 1
San Marcos, CA

Ms. Amy Price works as a family therapist and counselor. Her areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, infidelity issues, and phobias. Ms. Price is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , intimacy issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Premarital Therapy, ... (Read more)

Lars Nielsen
Specializes in Acupuncture
280 E 3rd Avenue
Escondido, CA

Mr. Lars Nielsen works as an acupuncturist in Escondido, CA and Carlsbad, CA. Mr. Nielsen's areas of expertise include the following: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and migraine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. Mr. Nielsen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Japanese and Danish.

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Specializes in Family Therapy
410 S Melrose Drive; Suite 202
Vista, CA

Ms. Tara Hodgens' area of specialization is family therapy. Her areas of expertise include crisis intervention, depression, and immigration issues. Ms. Hodgens is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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