We found 40 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Aetna Gold EPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. John Ray Crochet Jr., MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
7400 Fannin Street; Suite 1180
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Crochet is a medical specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. In his practice, Dr. Crochet focuses on infertility. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Crochet attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Dr. Michael Coburn, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Coburn is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. These areas are among Dr. Coburn's clinical interests: bladder cancer, male infertility, and microsurgery. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Coburn accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Coburn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, male reproductive disorders

All Interests: Circumcision, Female Urologic Disorders, Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Endoscopy, Neuro-Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. R. Emmett Emmett McDonald, MD
Specializes in Urology
1740 West 27th Street; Suite 315
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert McDonald is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. McDonald speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of bladder cancer, laser surgery, and vasectomy. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. McDonald is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. McDonald has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

All Interests: Laser Surgery, Bladder Cancer, Vasectomy, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Isam Yusuof Balat, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isam Balat's specialties are obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Balat's areas of expertise include vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Balat studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed at Memorial Hermann, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Balat is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chundar Tsai, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Chundar Tsai practices obstetrics and gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Tsai average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, pap test, and amenorrhea (missed periods). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Tsai is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Tsai attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Tsai (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Hormone Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Subodhsingh Rambabusingh Chauhan, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Subodhsingh Chauhan's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Queens Hospital Center for residency. These areas are among Dr. Chauhan's clinical interests: prenatal diagnosis, infertility, and hysteroscopy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chauhan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Laser Treatment, Endometriosis, Endoscopy, Infertility, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Joseph Heard, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Obstetrics, Gynecology
1315 St. Joseph Pkwy Medical Place One; Suite 1305
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Heard is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology. He works in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and male infertility. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Heard honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston), and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Heard's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), male infertility, infertility

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hysteroscopy, Laser Treatment, Obesity, Gynecologic Surgery, Male Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carl Edward Lee Ii II, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1315 St. Joseph Parkway Suite; 1818
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Carl Lee is a physician who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Lee has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee is open to new patients. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Warts, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological ... (Read more)

Dr. Aurora Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
6410 Fannin; Suite 1200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Aurora Gonzalez's medical specialty is obstetrics and gynecology. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. Dr. Gonzalez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Warts, Incontinence, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hector Del Del Castillo Jr., MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hector Castillo's specialty is general gynecology. His clinical interests encompass infertility and laser surgery. His professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Castillo attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth for residency. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Castillo is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Laser Surgery

Dr. Juan R Stern, MD
Specializes in Urology
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 720
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Stern specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Stern include cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stern honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Stern trained at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, vasectomy

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Surgical Procedures, Cancer, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allan Robert Katz, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 250
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Allan Katz works as a general OB/GYN in Houston, TX. Dr. Katz graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Katz trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katz honors. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Katz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Menopause, Contraception, High Risk Pregnancy, Gynecologic Surgery

Dr. Tahseen Hameed Qadeer, MD
Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
6410 Fannin; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tahseen Qadeer specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: menopause, amenorrhea (missed periods), and infertility. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Qadeer is a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women. Her residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Qadeer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Hysteroscopy, Circumcision, Laser Treatment, Physical Exams, Gynecological Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Mark Slawin, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
6400 Fannin; Suite 2300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Slawin's areas of specialization are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease); he sees patients in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Slawin include cancer surgery, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Slawin obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction, male reproductive disorders, infertility

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Phillip Marcial Pinell, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Phillip Pinell's specialties are obstetrics and gynecology. He practices in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pinell include sexually transmitted diseases (STds) and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pinell has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Gynecological Problems, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ertug Kovanci practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Kovanci include infertility. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Kovanci graduated from Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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All Interests: Infertility

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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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