We found 4 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Gurnee, IL.

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Dr. Sanjay Gandhi, MD
Specializes in Urology, Urogynecology
351 S. Greenleaf Avenue; Suite E
Park City, IL

Dr. Sanjay Gandhi's areas of specialization are urology (urinary tract disease) and urogynecology; he sees patients in Park City, IL, Forest, IL, and Woodstock, IL. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Gandhi attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Gandhi is especially interested in pelvic reconstructive surgery, incontinence, and interstitial cystitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Gandhi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Icelandic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Gandhi's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Incontinence, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Sexual ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Gynecology
7900 Rollins Road; Suite 1100
Gurnee, IL

Dr. Rebecca Jacobson's area of specialization is general gynecology. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at UH Case Medical Center for residency. Dr. Jacobson has indicated that her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and infertility. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Jacobson is affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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All Interests: Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Robert Shawn Saffrin, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
3 S Greenleaf Street; Suite J
Gurnee, IL

Dr. Robert Saffrin's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Saffrin include genitourinary reconstruction, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Saffrin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Northwestern Medicine, and Vista Health System. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Saffrin attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Saffrin is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saffrin is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Infertility, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychology
15 Tower Court; Suite 245
Gurnee, IL

Dr. Patricia Kimbel practices psychology. These areas are among her clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and domestic abuse. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana HMO, Magellan Health Services, and more. Dr. Kimbel's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Neglect, Education, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, ... (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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