We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near College Station, TX.

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Dr. Nancy M Bertsch, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Nancy Bertsch is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in College Station, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Bertsch is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Bertsch attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her distinctions include: Outstanding First Year Resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Administrative Chief Resident; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Bertsch is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Margaret P Appleton, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Margaret Appleton specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in College Station, TX. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Appleton honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for her residency. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecological Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Amy L Harrell, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Amy Harrell's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Harrell accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Her distinctions include: American Urogynecologic Society Eli Lily Scholar and Merck Award.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Gynecological Problems, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Sheila H Bonds, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Sheila Bonds works as a general obstetrician and gynecologist in College Station, TX. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, she performed her residency at the University Health System. Dr. Bonds is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Brian Huntting Stagner, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
408 Tarrow Street
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Brian Stagner works as a psychologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stagner include crisis intervention, adoption issues, and depression. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Stagner is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Javier R Kane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1700 University Drive East
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Javier Kane practices pediatric hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric hematology, and pediatric oncology. Dr. Kane is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He trained at Children's Hospital of Austin for his residency. Dr. Kane has received distinctions including Outstanding Clinical Improvement Award, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Presidential Award for Clinical Excellence, The University of Texas Health Science Center; and Texas Champion in End of Life Care Award, Texas Partnership for End-of-Life Care. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Hemophilia, Cancer, Anemia, Abnormal Bleeding, Blood Clots, Thrombocytopenia

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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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