We found 10 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Managed Care near Newton, MA.

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Dr. Jan Leslie Shifren, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Jan Shifren's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology; she sees patients in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Shifren include male infertility, menopause, and female infertility. Dr. Shifren is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: American Society for Reproductive Medicine-Ortho Research Grant in Reproduction; American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation Fellowship; and Society for Gynecologic Investigation President's Presenter Award. Dr. Shifren is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Shifren is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, female infertility, female sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Menopause, in Vitro Fertilization, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Female Infertility, Male Infertility

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
40 Second Street; Suite 400
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Rebecca Kolp's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Kolp has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kolp include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), contraception (birth control), and adolescent gynecology. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Kolp studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kolp trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kolp include: Humanity and Compassion In Patient Care; Compassion and Patient Care; and The Crozer Hospital Award For Humanity And. She is conversant in German.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Vaginal Discharge, Contraception, Ovarian Disease, Sexually Transmitted ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychology
227 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Raymond Levy works as a psychologist. His areas of expertise include adoption issues, depression, and narrative therapy. Dr. Levy honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, infertility, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Depression, Infertility, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Men's Health Issues, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychology
824 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA
 

Dr. Ann Webster works as a psychologist in Chestnut Hill, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Webster's areas of expertise include palliative care and HIV/AIDS. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Palliative Care, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Dermatopathology
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Horn is a dermatopathology specialist in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. He is conversant in German. In his practice, he is particularly interested in warts and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Horn's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Horn is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Warts, Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Kathryn Susan Brigham, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue; Lo-306
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Kathryn Brigham is a medical specialist in adolescent medicine. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Brigham include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bulimia, and contraception (birth control). Dr. Brigham's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. After attending Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Brigham honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Bulimia, Adolescent Gynecology, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatopathology
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Arturo Saavedra specializes in dermatopathology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Saavedra include skin issues and HIV/AIDS. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saavedra takes. Dr. Saavedra's education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Poster Session and Congressional Reception, National Institutes of Health; National Hispanic Research Fellowship Award; and National Research Service Award. Dr. Saavedra is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Saavedra is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Don Dizon's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer survivorship. Dr. Dizon is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dizon honors. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Dizon completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His distinctions include: American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award and Cum Laude, University of Rochester. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual health issues

All Interests: Sexual Health Issues, Cancer Survivorship

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
40 Second Avenue; Suite 300
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Rosenblum specializes in adolescent medicine and practices in Waltham, MA and Boston, MA. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rosenblum is especially interested in obesity, reproductive health, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rosenblum include: Boston Super Doctors; Boston Magazine Top Doctors; and U.S. News and World Reports Top Doctors. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Rosenblum is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , reproductive health

All Interests: Eating Disorders, Obesity, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Reproductive Health

89 Massachusetts Avenue; Suite 5
Arlington, MA
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Heather Bourne include depression, domestic abuse, and infertility. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bourne is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Depression, Infertility, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health Issues, Education, ... (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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