We found 54 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept First Health PPO near Hinsdale, IL.

Dr. Robert M Pasciak, MD
Specializes in Urology
251 N Cass Av; Suite 150 (primary Office)
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Robert Pasciak is an urologist in Naperville, IL and Westmont, IL. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), prosthetics, and brachytherapy (seed implants). Dr. Pasciak is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Pasciak performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

All Interests: Prosthetics, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Infertility, Brachytherapy, Vasectomy Reversal, ... (Read more)

Dr. John M Bockrath, MD
Specializes in Urology
251 N Cass Av; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. John Bockrath is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Naperville, IL and Westmont, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and brachytherapy (seed implants). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bockrath accepts. Dr. Bockrath graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for his residency. Dr. Bockrath is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Male Infertility, Brachytherapy, Lithotripsy, Laser Prostate ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Christine Kirchoff, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5101 S Willow; Springs-2nd Floor South Pav
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Kirchoff is a family medicine practitioner in La Grange, IL. These areas are among Dr. Kirchoff's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and cardiac risk reduction. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Holistic Approaches, Eating Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Robert Daube, DO
Specializes in General Gynecology
950 York Road; Suite 102
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Steven Daube's medical specialty is general gynecology. After attending Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Daube completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Clinical interests for Dr. Daube include laparoscopic hysterectomy, menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Daube takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. John J Kritsas, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
950 N York Road; #208
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. John Kritsas specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Hinsdale, IL. Dr. Kritsas studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Kritsas include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. On average, patients gave Dr. Kritsas a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Kritsas (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Cystoscopy, Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carla Anne Carpenter, DO
Specializes in General Gynecology
545 Plainfield Road; Suite C
Willowbrook, IL
 

Dr. Carla Carpenter is a specialist in general gynecology. She works in Willowbrook, IL. She speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: menopause, depression, and endometrial ablation. Dr. Carpenter is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Menopause, Depression, Contraception, Osteopathic Medicine, Laparoscopic Surgery, Intrauterine ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria J Douros, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 210e
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Maria Douros' medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Douros include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and migraine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Douros takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Douros (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Cardiac Risk Reduction, Adolescent Issues, Headache, Osteoporosis, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammed Akbar Yousuf, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
6101 S County Line Road
Burr Ridge, IL
 

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf is a family medicine practitioner and geriatrician in Burr Ridge, IL and La Grange, IL. His clinical interests include gout, diabetes, and ear infection. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Yousuf is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Depression, Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergic Headache, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Erectile ... (Read more)

Dr. Rebecca Cecilia Preston, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
4479 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL
 

Dr. Rebecca Preston is a Western Springs, IL physician who specializes in family medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Preston honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Preston speaks Swedish. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald D Higgins, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2434 S Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Donald Higgins is a family practitioner in Westchester, IL. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Higgins accepts. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Osteopathic Medicine, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel A Brown, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
911 N Elm Street; Suite 301
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Joel Brown's medical specialty is family medicine. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Brown honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Hormone Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. Naheed Rafat Akhter, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
4121 Fairview Avenue; #201
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Naheed Akhter's specialty is general gynecology. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and holistic medicine. Dr. Akhter is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Akhter takes. She studied medicine at B.J. Medical College. Dr. Akhter (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Holistic Approaches, Osteoporosis, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle E Sweet-Albores, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5207 Main Street; Suite 6
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Michelle Sweet-Albores' area of specialization is family medicine. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Sweet-Albores's clinical interests: well woman gynecology, cancer screening, and contraception (birth control). Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sweet-Albores accepts. Dr. Sweet-Albores is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eating Disorders, Sclerotherapy, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Hormone ... (Read more)

Dr. Shamim Y Patel, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
7425 Janes Avenue; Suite 204
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Shamim Patel is a general gynecologist. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include essure, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and menopause. She is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel accepts. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Essure, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephanie M Mauch, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
908 N Elm Street; Suite 207
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Mauch sees patients in Hinsdale, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mauch's clinical interests include well woman gynecology, menopause, and cancer screening. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mauch honors. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth S Nelson, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2434 S Wolf Road
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Kenneth Nelson is a family medicine physician. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nelson's areas of expertise include well woman gynecology, contraception (birth control), and cardiac risk reduction. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His professional affiliations include Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality

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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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