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We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Coventry Bronze $15 Copay OAHMO near Ephrata, PA.

Dr. Joseph J Irwin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Irwin sees patients in Ephrata, PA. His medical specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Irwin takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Irwin attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lancaster General Hospital for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Joint Aspiration, Injections, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Gerard Degenhard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Degenhard's area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and holistic approaches. Dr. Degenhard honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lancaster General Hospital for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Dr. Degenhard has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Holistic Approaches, Contraception, Hypertension, Joint Aspiration, Injections, Diabetes, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Mandy Renea Fannin, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
808 Pleasant View Drive
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Mandy Fannin is an Ephrata, PA physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fannin include diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. She is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Fannin completed a residency program at Lancaster General Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Contraception, Hypertension, Joint Aspiration, Injections, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Soft Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Anthony Roberts, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4150 Barrett Boulevard
Ephrata, PA
 

Dr. Carlos Roberts' area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. His areas of clinical interest consist of laparoscopic hysterectomy, colposcopy, and menopause. His professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, and WellSpan Medical Group. Before completing his residency at York Hospital and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Roberts attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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All Interests: Menopause, Colposcopy, Infertility, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. John T Coates, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
101 S 7th Street
Akron, PA
 

Dr. John Coates' specialty is family medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, contraception (birth control), and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Capital BlueCross, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Coates attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

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Joy S Yoder
Specializes in Midwifery
175 Martin Avenue; Suite 125
Ephrata, PA
 

Ms. Joy Yoder works as a midwife. Clinical interests for Ms. Yoder include contraception (birth control), adolescent issues, and prenatal care. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Ephrata Community Hospital and WellSpan Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Prenatal Care, Contraception, Women's Health Issues

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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.