We found 9 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Self-Pay/Uninsured near Lincoln, MA.

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Dr. Roberta Caplan, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
Psychol Couns Center, Brandeis University; Mailman Building - Ms061
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Roberta Caplan's specialty is psychology. Her areas of expertise include adoption issues, depression, and infertility. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Dr. Caplan is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Rose Anne Negele, EdD
Specializes in Psychology
33 Bedford Street; Suite 1
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Rose Negele practices psychology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, depression, and domestic abuse. Dr. Negele is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, and Aetna. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. David Wayne Harder, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
112 S Great Road
Lincoln, MA
 

Dr. David Harder practices psychology in Lincoln, MA and Medford, MA. Dr. Harder's areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and grief. He honors Magellan Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
9 Meriam Street; #22
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Stephanie Brody specializes in psychology. Dr. Brody's areas of expertise include adoption issues, depression, and infertility. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Steven Neil Shapse, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
145 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, MA
 

Dr. Steven Shapse is a psychologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Dr. Shapse is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychology
11 Field Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Andrea Celenza works as a psychologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Celenza include depression, narrative therapy, and existential psychotherapy. She accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Psychology
33 Bedford Street; Suite 1
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Rita Hurwitz's area of specialization is psychology. Her clinical interests include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. Dr. Hurwitz honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Psychology
158 Cabot Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Janet Watson works as a psychologist. Dr. Watson's clinical interests include depression, behavior therapy, and education consultation. She is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
57 Davis Avenue
W Newton, MA
 

Dr. Robert Zevin is a psychologist. Dr. Zevin's areas of expertise include the following: depression, infertility, and phobias. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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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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