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We found 36 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Aetna Silver EPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Michael Coburn practices urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coburn include bladder cancer, male infertility, and microsurgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coburn honors. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 Dr. Coburn's 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 an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. McDonald include bladder cancer, laser surgery, and vasectomy. Dr. McDonald accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McDonald attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at Wilford Hall Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. McDonald is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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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 works as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Houston, TX. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Balat has a special interest in vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training 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 and performed his residency 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. In addition to English, Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Balat is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Balat's practice 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. John Ray Crochet Jr., MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
7400 Fannin Street; Suite 1180
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Crochet is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology. He works in Webster, TX, Beaumont, TX, and Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Crochet include infertility. Dr. Crochet is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Crochet has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

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

Dr. Chundar Tsai's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, pap test, and amenorrhea (missed periods). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tsai takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Tsai (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Hector Castillo sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is general gynecology. Dr. Castillo studied medicine at 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. His training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. His areas of expertise consist of infertility and laser surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Castillo takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Laser Surgery

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

Dr. Carl Lee is a medical specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Lee average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston's residency program.

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

Dr. Juan Stern is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His education and training includes medical school at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and residency 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Stern include cancer. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Stern 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. Kevin Mark Slawin, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
6400 Fannin; Suite 2300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Slawin specializes in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Slawin is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Slawin's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is open to 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. Aurora Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
6410 Fannin; Suite 1200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Aurora Gonzalez sees patients in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Her medical specialties are obstetrics and gynecology. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Gonzalez attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The average patient rating for Dr. Gonzalez is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzalez accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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

Dr. Allan Katz is a physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Katz takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Michael John Piegari, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1213 Hermann Drive; Suite 220
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Piegari's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piegari accepts. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine and a graduate of North Shore University Hospital's residency program. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Piegari's professional affiliations include Park Plaza Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston), and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Essure, infertility, tubal ligation

All Interests: Colposcopy, Infertility, Loop Electrosurgical Excision, Laparoscopic Myomectomy, Ultrasound, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tahseen Qadeer is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Qadeer has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Qadeer include menopause, amenorrhea (missed periods), and infertility. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Qadeer accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women. Her medical residency was performed at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Phillip Pinell is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. Dr. Pinell's areas of expertise consist of sexually transmitted diseases (STds) and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Pinell attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Pinell 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. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

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's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics, and gynecology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heard include obesity, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and male infertility. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Heard takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Heard's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston), and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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. Alvaro Ignacio Montealegre, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
925 N Shepard Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvaro Montealegre works as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Montealegre attended Autonomous University of Central America for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Methodist Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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