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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 is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Oderman has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is rated highly by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Oderman takes. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Oderman's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Oderman (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Oderman welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ware at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Natividad Medical Center. Dr. Ware is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ware is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Arcangeli is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Arcangeli trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Arcangeli honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , male sexual dysfunction

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

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

Dr. Kelli Beingesser's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She has a special interest in women's health issues. Dr. Beingesser's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patient ratings for Dr. Beingesser average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Beingesser is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She has an open panel.

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

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

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

Dr. Vickie Winkler is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Winkler has a special interest in general care. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Natividad Medical Center, Dr. Winkler attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has a closed panel.

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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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rosen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Rosen attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Howard Salvay is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in women's health issues. Dr. Salvay's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Salvay is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. David Pilcher specializes in family medicine and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Aptos, CA. Dr. Pilcher has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is especially interested in general care. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pilcher is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Pilcher (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Hulbert is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Hulbert attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

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

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

Dr. Steven Roberts is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Roberts's areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Roberts's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Eric Parsons specializes in family medicine. Dr. Parsons attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Parsons welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in family medicine and practices in San Francisco, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Vazquez's areas of expertise include general care. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, Medicare Supplement (Medigap), United Healthcare Plans, and more. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Vazquez's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

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

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

Dr. Michelle Sanchez is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include women's health issues. Dr. Sanchez takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield. Dr. Sanchez speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Hysterectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, Abnormal Uterine ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jessica Smith is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include contraception (birth control), preventive care, and general care. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Contraception, Preventive Care, General Care

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

Dr. Thomas Deetz practices adult infectious disease. Dr. Deetz is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Deetz include HIV/AIDS. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Deetz graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Deetz trained at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Goodman is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), low testosterone (male hypogonadism)

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Bone 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.