We found 7 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept United Healthcare Silver near Irving, TX.

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Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
3501 N Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 500
Irving, TX
 

Dr. James Carleo is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. These areas are among Dr. Carleo's clinical interests: cervicitis, high risk pregnancy, and ectopic pregnancy. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB), Medical City Las Colinas, and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan. Dr. Carleo welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. For his residency, Dr. Carleo trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Carleo offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Cervicitis, Ectopic Pregnancy, High Risk Pregnancy, Recurrent Miscarriage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Patrick ONeil, MD
Specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Kevin O'Neil's specialties are female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Neil include menopause, menstrual disorders, and uterine prolapse. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. O'Neil graduated from Albany Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB). He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Female Incontinence, Adolescent Gynecology, Contraception, Hormone Replacement Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawerence J Alter, MD
Specializes in Urology
7200 N State Highway; 161 Suite 200
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Lawrence Alter is an urologist in Irving, TX. Dr. Alter's clinical interests include urge incontinence (overactive bladder), prostate problems, and bladder infection. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Medical City Las Colinas, and USMD Medical Clinic of North Texas. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Alter's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

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

Specializes in Urology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Keith Bloom works as an urologist. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), laparoscopic surgery, and vasectomy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Bloom is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Bloom is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Urinary Stones, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urologic Surgery

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Juan Martinez's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Martinez include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), hepatitis C, and celiac disease. Dr. Martinez takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC).

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1901 N. Macarthur Boulevard
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Rikin Patel practices adult gastroenterology in Irving, TX and Dallas, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. His professional affiliations include Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Las Colinas. Dr. Patel studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Bowel Resection, Gallstones, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Acupuncture
Valley Ranch Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic; 9901 Valley Ranch Parkway East #1000
Irving, TX
 

Dr. Carlos Chapa practices acupuncture. Dr. Chapa speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chapa include hepatitis, infertility, and sports health. He is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility, HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Hepatitis, Infertility, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Osteoporosis, Chronic Fatigue ... (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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