We found 21 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept PacifiCare HMO near Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Laetitia Marie-Jane Poisson De Souzy, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Laetitia Oderman's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Oderman include women's health issues. Patient reviews placed Dr. Oderman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Oderman takes. Dr. Oderman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Oderman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control), infertility

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

Dr. Suzanne Marie Ware, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Ware's area of specialization is family medicine. Her clinical interests include general care. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ware at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at Natividad Medical Center, Dr. Ware attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Ware is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ware is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Heart Problems, Obesity, Women's Health Issues, General Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Guerino Arcangeli, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue; Santa Cruz Chanticleer Center (2911)
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Carlos Arcangeli is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Arcangeli is rated highly by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arcangeli include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Arcangeli attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Arcangeli speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , male sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vickie L Winkler, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
115 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Vickie Winkler is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Winkler is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school, she completed her residency training at Natividad Medical Center. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Winkler is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Sports Health, Diabetes, General Care, Menopause, Preventive Care, Intrauterine Device, Cholesterol ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Andrew Rosen, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue; Suite 110
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Mark Rosen practices urology (urinary tract disease). He is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Rosen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosen is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosen accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy, male sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Prosthetics, Cryosurgery, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelli Rae Beingesser, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kelli Beingesser specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Watsonville, CA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Beingesser accepts. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Beingesser attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure, HPV (human papillomavirus), dyspareunia (painful sex), tubal ligation, intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Adolescent Gynecology, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Bradley Salvay, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Howard Salvay is a general OB/GYN. In his practice, he is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Salvay is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Salvay average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Salvay is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sterilization, contraception (birth control), HPV (human papillomavirus), infertility, dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Colposcopy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven G Roberts, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Roberts, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Roberts average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roberts include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Roberts is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Roberts's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), no-scalpel vasectomy

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Disorders, Benign ... (Read more)

Dr. David Wayne Pilcher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. David Pilcher's medical specialty is family medicine. In his practice, Dr. Pilcher focuses on general care. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Pilcher honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Pilcher completed his residency training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Sports Health, Men's Health Issues, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Obesity, Skin Issues, Women's ... (Read more)

Dr. Tara Dale Hulbert, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Tara Hulbert is a general OB/GYN. Dr. Hulbert is conversant in Spanish. She is especially interested in women's health issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hulbert completed a residency program at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control), dyspareunia (painful sex)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, Total Laparoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric S Parsons, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Eric Parsons is a family practitioner. His areas of expertise include general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Parsons is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Parsons has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control), intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, Circumcision, Contraception, Migraine, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Arlene Vazquez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Arlene Vazquez works as a family practitioner. Dr. Vazquez is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She studied medicine 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). Dr. Vazquez accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vazquez has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Skin Tag Removal, General Care, Breastfeeding Issues, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jessica Rose Smith, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Jessica Smith is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. In her practice, Dr. Smith focuses on contraception (birth control), preventive care, and general care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Contraception, Preventive Care, General Care

Dr. Michelle Sanchez, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michelle Sanchez is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sanchez include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanchez honors. Before performing her residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, Dr. Sanchez attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Sanchez has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Intrauterine Device, Vaginal Hysterectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Deetz, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
2025 Soquel Avenue; 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Deetz's specialty is adult infectious disease. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Deetz's clinical interests include HIV/AIDS. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Deetz accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Deetz's training includes residency programs at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and the University Hospitals, Cleveland.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Osteomyelitis, Skin Issues, Soft Tissue Problems, Cancer, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Endocarditis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Novic attended Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include neurological disorders. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Dutch. Dr. Novic's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Spine Problems, ... (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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