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We found 4 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Health Net near Katy, TX.

Dr. Jacob Tal MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
23920 Katy Frwy., Suite 460; Medical Plaza I
Katy, TX

Dr. Jacob Tal is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: ablation, adolescent issues, and amenorrhea. Dr. Tal is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Tal is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tal trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Obstetrics Procedures, Adolescent Health, Ablation Procedures, Abnormal Endocrinology, Amenorrhea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Andrews MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 330
Katy, TX
(832) 230-2900

Dr. Sarah Andrews is a general OB/GYN. The average patient rating for Dr. Andrews is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include pap test, pelvic surgery, and ablation. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver, and more. Dr. Andrews is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Andrews completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics Procedures, Pap Smear, Ablation Procedures, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Murdoth (M Bruce) Christopherson MD
Specializes in Gynecology
21402 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
(281) 398-0777

Dr. Murdoth Christopherson is a physician who specializes in general gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Christopherson include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), warts, and menopause. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Christopherson attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Essure, contraception (birth control), HPV (human papillomavirus)

All Interests: Birth Control/Contraception, Bone Density Testing, Cryoablation, Essure Sterilization, Hormone ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
21715 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 102
Katy, TX
(832) 350-9922; (832) 900-9530

Dr. Sunita Gupta practices adult infectious disease in Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, and Katy, TX. She has a special interest in sexually transmitted diseases (STds), osteomyelitis, and lyme disease. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Kasturba Medical College for medical school, Dr. Gupta completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Gupta is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS

All Interests: AIDS Patients, Bone Infections, Infectious Diseases, Infectious Diseases-Eye, Infectious ... (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.