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We found 25 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Aeneid Liang-Jiu Chen, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
10701 Vintage Preserve Parkway
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Aeneid Chen practices general obstetrics & gynecology in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include warts, ablation, and minor surgery. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Vintage. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Chen completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He is conversant in Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sexual dysfunction, contraception (birth control), infertility

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Hysteroscopy, Circumcision, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Contraception, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen Ann Delhey, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karen Delhey specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. The average patient rating for Dr. Delhey is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Delhey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stents, Kidney Problems, Ureteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shuai-Chen Shuai-Chen Shi, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1980
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Susan Shi works as an obstetrician. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Dr. Shi's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shi's practice is open to new patients. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Juan Stern practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Dr. Stern's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cancer. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital, Memorial Hermann, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Stern speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility, vasectomy

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

Dr. Bart David Putterman, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1980
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bart Putterman specializes in obstetrics and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Putterman is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and ablation. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Putterman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Isam Balat is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. Dr. Balat has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Balat include vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before completing 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, Dr. Balat attended medical school 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. Dr. Balat (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

Dr. Michael Lewitton, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1440
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Lewitton specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Lewitton a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Lewitton graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , vasectomy

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

Dr. John Reynolds Boon, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Boon, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include kidney stones, female urologic disorders, and infertility. Dr. Boon has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Boon has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Boon's professional affiliations include 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, vasectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Transurethral Resection of the ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Guy Nickell, MD
Specializes in Urology
4223 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Nickell practices urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Nickell's clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Nickell completed residency programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Nickell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction, vasectomy

All Interests: Incontinence, Circumcision, Urodynamic Testing, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Owen Iii Baum III, MD
Specializes in Urology
4223 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lawrence Baum's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Baum honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Baum attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser Treatment, Transurethral Resection of the ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Lahn Lapin, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1440
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Lapin is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Lapin average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lapin's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lapin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Thomas Mineo, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Mineo's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Mineo's clinical interests: peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mineo accepts. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Mineo performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, erectile dysfunction (impotence), vasectomy

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ava Erin Manning, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1980
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ava Manning, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and pap test. Dr. Manning has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Manning is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Menopause, Amenorrhea, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Pap Test, Pelvic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Alan Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1440
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Goldfarb works as an urologist in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Goldfarb attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Goldfarb has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Goldfarb has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

Dr. Lindsey Kathryn Longerot, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Longerot works as an obstetrician. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), ablation, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Longerot is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Baylor University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Longerot's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, ... (Read more)

Dr. Irving Joshua Fishman, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Irving Fishman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Fishman include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fishman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fishman has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic ... (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.