We found 8 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Aetna Silver EPO near Richmond, TX.

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Dr. Nina Holtzapple Dereska, MD
Specializes in Urogynecology
17510 W Grand Parkway S; Suite 509
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Nina Dereska's specialty is urogynecology. Dr. Dereska (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dereska include menopause, pelvic surgery, and female urologic disorders. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Dereska trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dereska takes. Dr. Dereska's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , female sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Female Urologic Disorders, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecologic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Moona Haque, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
17510 West Grand Parkway; #310
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Moona Haque sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. These areas are among Dr. Haque's clinical interests: menopause, ablation, and minor surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Haque average 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Haque has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Female Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Shannon Marie Crowe, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4911 Sand Hill Drive
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Shannon Crowe's medical specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Clinical interests for Dr. Crowe include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), sexual dysfunction, and infertility. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crowe takes. Dr. Crowe welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Hysteroscopy, Cervical Dysplasia, Sexual Dysfunction, Hormone Replacement Therapy, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. C. Funsho Fagbohun, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 Liberty Street; Suite A
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. C. Fagbohun's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Fagbohun's areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He attended the University of Lagos College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. Patient ratings for Dr. Fagbohun average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fagbohun takes. Dr. Fagbohun is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Diabetes, Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, Gynecological Problems, High Risk ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Jay Blonder, DO
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
4911 Sand Hill Drive
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Bryan Blonder is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Blonder include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), amenorrhea (missed periods), and endometriosis. On average, patients gave Dr. Blonder a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Blonder attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 Liberty Street; Suite A
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Cynthia Rios' specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rios include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), depression, and adolescent issues. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Rios graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then she performed her residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Rios is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Substance Abuse, Cervical Dysplasia, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
1601 Liberty Street; Suite A
Richmond, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Nelson's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), ablation, and adolescent issues. She is an in-network provider for Amerigroup Star, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nelson graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Circumcision, Sexual Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren M Phillips, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
17510 W Grand Parkway S, Suite 430; Sugar Land Women's Care Pllc
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Lauren Phillips is a general obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Phillips has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Menopause, Infertility, Robotic Surgery

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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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