We found 4 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Medicare near Woodland, CA.

Dr. Vona Britz Diener, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
475 Pioneer Avenue; Suite 400
Woodland, CA

Dr. Vona Diener sees patients in Davis, CA and Woodland, CA. Her medical specialty is family medicine. In Dr. Diener's practice, she is particularly interested in general care. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Diener speaks Afrikaans. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

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

Dr. Jana D Hay, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
475 Pioneer Avenue; Suite 400
Woodland, CA

Dr. Jana Hay is a Woodland, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include general care. Dr. Hay is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hay completed her residency training at Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program. She is conversant in Czech. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Depression, Contraception, Heart Problems, Diabetes, General Care, Breastfeeding Issues, Preventive ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay H Curkendall, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
632 W Gibson Road
Woodland, CA

Dr. Jay Curkendall is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in women's health issues. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Dr. Curkendall attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Curkendall (or staff) speaks Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for patients who speak Russian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Ovarian Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Peter Perlman, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
610 Cottonwood Street
Woodland, CA

Dr. Jonathan Perlman specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and head & neck plastic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Perlman's training includes a residency program at White Memorial Medical Center. He is especially interested in eye problems. Dr. Perlman has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Perlman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Independent Physicians (SIP). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Graves Disease, Strabismus Surgery, Trabeculectomy, Cataract Surgery, Skin Cancer, Facial 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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