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We found 47 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Homestead, FL.

Dr. Shayne Mark Plosker, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2 Tampa General Circle; 6th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shayne Plosker practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. These areas are among Dr. Plosker's clinical interests: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, and infertility. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. After attending The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Plosker has received include Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; President's Club of the University of South Florida, President's Council; and US News & World Report Top 10% of Doctors, Nationwide. Dr. Plosker has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Neuroendocrine Disorders, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank D Mastandrea, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 400
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Frank Mastandrea works as an urologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Mastandrea average 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, and biofeedback. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Mastandrea is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Mastandrea speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility, vasectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility, Biofeedback, ... (Read more)

Dr. Catherine Lynn Cowart, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Catherine Cowart is an infertility specialist and gynecologist. These areas are among Dr. Cowart's clinical interests: microsurgery, sexual dysfunction, and infertility. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Cowart attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is conversant in French. Dr. Cowart's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Microsurgery, Hysteroscopy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Allen Rapkin, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. David Rapkin's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. In his practice, Dr. Rapkin focuses on pregnancy and vaginal problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Rapkin is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Magee Women's Hospital. Dr. Rapkin is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Vaginal Problems, Menstrual Disorders, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Dr. Joseph J Saavedra, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4202 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Saavedra works as a general OB/GYN. Dr. Saavedra speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and biopsy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saavedra accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, Infertility, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 West Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kathleen Kilbride's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among Dr. Kilbride's clinical interests: cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, Infertility, Minimally ... (Read more)

Dr. Malcolm Root, MD
Specializes in Urology
1209 W Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Malcolm Root is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Root's practice, he is particularly interested in cryotherapy, sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Root honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, Infertility, Biopsy

Dr. Helena Reichman, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4321 N Macdill Avenue; Suite 307
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Helena Reichman works as a general OB/GYN. Dr. Reichman attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. These areas are among Dr. Reichman's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), endometrial biopsy, and endometrial ablation. Patient reviews placed Dr. Reichman at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Reichman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Reichman has received professional recognition including the following: Ama Physician Recognition Award.. Dr. Reichman speaks Spanish. Dr. Reichman is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ira Allan Riemer, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4202 N. Haban Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ira Riemer is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Tampa, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Riemer at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, sexual dysfunction, and biopsy. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Riemer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Sexual Dysfunction, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lazaro Andres Hernandez, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
2309 W M L King Boulevard; Suite 1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lazaro Hernandez's specialty is general gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hernandez include cryotherapy, biopsy, and infertility. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Havana School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Hysteroscopy, Laser Surgery, Infertility, Biopsy, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura S Dill, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2818 West Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Laura Dill's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dill include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), high risk pregnancy, and infertility. Dr. Dill's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Women's Care Florida, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Shands HealthCare. Patient ratings for Dr. Dill average 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Lumpectomy, High Risk Pregnancy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rizwanuddin Rizwanuddin Farooqi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1919 W Swann Avenue; Floor 3
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rizwanuddin Farooqi's specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Farooqi is a graduate of St. Matthew's University School of Medicine and a graduate of The Toledo Hospital's residency program. Dr. Farooqi (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Joint Injections

Dr. Catherine Nguyen Roush, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
2716 W Virginia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Catherine Roush is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Her average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roush include cryotherapy, high risk pregnancy, and infertility. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Dr. Roush attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. In addition to English, Dr. Roush (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. Dr. Roush is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Infertility, Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Betsy Alynn McCormick, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 305
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Betsy McCormick, who practices in Tampa, FL and Temple Terrace, FL, is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has a special interest in infertility, endometrial biopsy, and gynecologic surgery. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. McCormick attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. McCormick is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Endometrial Biopsy, Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Meredith Kathleen Gray, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 Stc, Usf Department of Ob/gyn; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Meredith Gray is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gray include colposcopy, menopause, and amenorrhea (missed periods). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Gray takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gray is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Carilion Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), contraception (birth control), gender identity, sexual health issues, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, sexual dysfunction, HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes, chlamydia, tubal ligation, intrauterine device (IUD), sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Warts, Colposcopy, Amenorrhea, Cervix Problems, Immunization, Hysteroscopy, Contraception, Sexual ... (Read more)

Dr. James Calhoun Mayer, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. James Mayer practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Tampa, FL. Dr. Mayer graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His clinical interests encompass minimally invasive surgery, infertility, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mayer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors; Best Doctors Inc; and APGO/Educational Scholar Award, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF)

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery

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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.