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We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept CIGNA Plans near Baytown, TX.

Dr. Alvin C.C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Urology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Goh attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Goh accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Patricia Ann Frey, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4201 Garth Road; Suite 290
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Patricia Frey is a Baytown, TX physician who specializes in general practice and general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Frey's average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of clinical interest consist of sexually transmitted diseases (STds), pap test, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Frey's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological Problems, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roderick Peter Iii Diggs III, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4201 Garth Road; Suite 290
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Roderick Diggs is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. He works in Baytown, TX and Mansfield, TX. Dr. Diggs attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has indicated that his clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), robotic surgery, and laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological Problems, Sexually Transmitted ... (Read more)

Dr. Ghyasuddin Syed, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Other
2802 Garth Road; Suite 109
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Ghyasuddin Syed sees patients in Baytown, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Syed include knee problems, minor surgery, and polymyositis. Dr. Syed is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Syed's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Substance Abuse, Sleep Disorders, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, Erectile ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Manuel Pina, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
4201 Garth Road; Suite 301
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Edward Pina works as a general surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pina include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Pina is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Cosmetic Surgery, Gallstones, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Smita Massey, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Smita Massey works as an internist in Baytown, TX. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Massey's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Massey welcomes 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.