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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Oderman include women's health issues. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Oderman honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Oderman is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Oderman trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Oderman (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is 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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ware include general care. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ware accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Natividad Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ware's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is closed to 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 a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Arcangeli's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Arcangeli is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 is a general OB/GYN in Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, and Watsonville, CA. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Beingesser accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Beingesser attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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. 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. In her practice, she is particularly interested in general care. Dr. Winkler is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Winkler attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Her residency was performed at Natividad Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Winkler is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rosen has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. 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 is accepting new patients.

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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 OB/GYN in Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Salvay is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His clinical interests include women's health issues. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is 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. Salvay's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. David Pilcher works as a family practice physician. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pilcher's clinical interests include general care. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Pilcher completed his residency training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Pilcher (or staff) speaks Spanish and German.

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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 obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hulbert include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hulbert accepts. Dr. Hulbert is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center's residency program. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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. Steven G Roberts, MD
Specializes in Urology
2911 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Steven Roberts' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Roberts's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Roberts focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Roberts's residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Roberts welcomes 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. Eric S Parsons, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Eric Parsons practices family medicine. Dr. Parsons has a special interest in general care. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and a graduate of Swedish Medical Center, Seattle's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He 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's area of specialization is family medicine. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Vazquez's clinical interests encompass general care. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Vazquez graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for her residency. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as 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. Michelle Sanchez, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2907 Chanticleer Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michelle Sanchez is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield's residency program. Her clinical interests include women's health issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sanchez accepts. Dr. Sanchez speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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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. 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. Dr. Smith's areas of clinical interest consist of contraception (birth control), preventive care, and general care. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Smith is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

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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 sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is adult infectious disease. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Deetz trained at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Deetz has indicated that his clinical interests include HIV/AIDS. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Deetz is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Goodman has a special interest in general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Goodman completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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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.