Finding Providers

We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept United Healthcare Silver EPO near San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Abraham Anwar Alecozay MD, PHD
Specializes in Obstetrics, Gynecology
7430 Barlite Boulevard; Suite 105
San Antonio, TX
(210) 922-2727

Dr. Abraham Alecozay practices obstetrics and gynecology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include infertility. Dr. Alecozay honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Alecozay performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Methodist Health System and Southwest General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility

Julie Khanh Vu MD
Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology
903 W. Martin Street
San Antonio, TX
(210) 450-9500; (210) 644-9300

Dr. Julie Vu is a general OB/GYN. Dr. Vu's areas of clinical interest consist of contraception (birth control), incontinence, and robotic surgery. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Vu is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and the University Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , contraception (birth control)

All Interests: Contraceptive Management, Incontinence, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Obstetrics, Prolapse, Robotic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Flora Knudtson MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
903 W. Martin Street
San Antonio, TX
(210) 450-9500; (210) 450-6400

Dr. Jennifer Knudtson practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Knudtson is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Medicine San Antonio and the University Health System. 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 Health Science Center at San Antonio. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , in vitro fertilization (IVF)

All Interests: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Reproductive ... (Read more)

Amy Harkins PHD
Specializes in Psychology
7272 Wurzbach Road; 601
San Antonio, TX
(210) 615-3472

Dr. Amy Harkins' specialty is psychology. Her areas of expertise include depression, narrative therapy, and person-centered therapy. United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harkins honors. Dr. Harkins is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Individual Therapy & Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT, Existential Psychotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rachel Souza Dawson DO
Specializes in Pediatrics (Child & Adolescent Medicine), Adolescent Medicine
3851 Roger Brooke Road
San Antonio, TX

Dr. Rachel Dawson is an adolescent medicine specialist in Fort Hood, TX, Killeen, TX, and San Antonio, TX. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dawson is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium's residency program. Dr. Dawson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , intrauterine device (IUD)

All Interests: IUD, Nexplanon Insertion and Removal


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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.