We found 22 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Isam Yusuof Balat, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
1801 Binz Street; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Isam Balat's areas of specialization are obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Balat (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Balat include vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), infertility, and endometriosis. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He attended 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 then went on to complete 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. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Balat accepts 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. Lindsey Kathryn Longerot, MD
Specializes in Obstetrics
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Longerot is an obstetrics specialist in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Longerot include vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), ablation, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Patient ratings for Dr. Longerot average 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors 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. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Longerot is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Aeneid Chen's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, ablation, and minor surgery. Dr. Chen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Chen is conversant in Taiwanese. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Vintage. He is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Karen Delhey works as an urologist in Houston, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Delhey honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Delhey is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Delhey speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stent, Kidney Problems, Ureteroscopy, Vasectomy, ... (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 in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Shi include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Shi attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Shi has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

Specializes in Obstetrics
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1980
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bart Putterman works as an obstetrician in Houston, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Putterman include menopause, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and ablation. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Putterman has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Putterman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Stephen Lapin is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Lapin's clinical interests include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). The average patient rating for Dr. Lapin is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lapin has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Juan Stern's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stern's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stern is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, 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. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital, Park Plaza Hospital, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Kevin Nickell works as an urologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Nickell's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Nickell's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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

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

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

Dr. Lawrence Baum is an urologist. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Baum graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Baum trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

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

Dr. Michael Mineo specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Mineo's clinical interests include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Mineo attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete 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)

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 works as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Manning's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), menopause, and pap test. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Manning takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Manning's residency was performed at Georgetown University Medical Center.

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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. David Wolff Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1440
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Goldfarb works as an urologist. Dr. Goldfarb's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Goldfarb completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Goldfarb's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

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

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

Dr. Richard Goldfarb is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Goldfarb's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goldfarb takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed 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. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Irving Fishman is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Fishman include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Fishman has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Fishman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to 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)

Dr. Richard Alan Lewis, MS, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Cullen Eye Institute Nc-206; One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Lewis' specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in macular degeneration, marfan syndrome, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Lewis accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Lewis attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lewis include: Texas Super Doctors; Franceschetti lecture, International Society of Genetic Eye Disease; and (First) Bressler Prize In Vision Science. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lewis is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Eye Exam, Macular Degeneration, Laser Treatment, Consultation, Genetic Issues, Diabetic ... (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.
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