We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept CIGNA PPO near Willoughby, OH.

Dr. Melissa D Reigle, MD
Specializes in Urology
6803 Mayfield Road; Suite 418
Mayfield Hts, OH

Dr. Melissa Reigle sees patients in Mayfield Heights, OH, Suite 418, OH, and Chardon, OH. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, Dr. Reigle focuses on sexual health issues. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Reigle's professional affiliations include West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center.

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Dr. Lawrence H Wolkoff, MD
Specializes in Urology
36060 Euclid; Avenue Suite102
Willoughby, OH

Dr. Lawrence Wolkoff is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Mentor, OH, Willoughby, OH, and Painesville, OH. Clinical interests for Dr. Wolkoff include prostate problems, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and male incontinence. Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wolkoff takes. Before completing his residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland, Dr. Wolkoff attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Male Incontinence, Female Incontinence, Infertility, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
35040 Chardon Road, Bldg Vii, Suite 205; Chagrin North Office Park
Willoughby Hills, OH

Dr. Leticia Cox is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include gynecological problems, minimally invasive surgery, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Cox is an in-network provider for Coresource, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include West Hospital and Lake Health.

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All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gynecological Problems, Women's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Psychology
4132 Erie Street; Suite 208
Willoughby, OH

Dr. Lori White's area of specialization is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. White include obesity, sleep disorders, and holistic medicine. She is professionally affiliated with West Hospital and TriPoint Medical Center. She honors Coresource, AARP, Medical Mutual, and more.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Fibromyalgia, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Social Work
34950 Chardon Road; Suite 202
Willoughby Hills, OH

Mr. Michael Freas is a social worker in Willoughby, OH. Areas of expertise for Mr. Freas include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Dialectical ... (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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