We found 12 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Shield of California near Laguna Hills, CA.

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Dr. Ricardo E Huete, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
24411 Health Center Drive; Suite 540
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ricardo Huete works as a general gynecologist in Torrance, CA, Carson, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. Dr. Huete's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in high risk pregnancy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Huete attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Huete speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, High Risk Pregnancy, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Gunjan Lara Bhatnagar, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology
33 Creek Road; Suite 270
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Gunjan Bhatnagar is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology), obstetrics, and gynecology. She works in Irvine, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in high risk pregnancy, infertility, and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Bhatnagar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA), and Hoag Affiliated Physicians (HAP). She takes AARP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and United Healthcare PPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhatnagar's practice is open to new patients. She attended Mysore Medical College and Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Long Island College Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago for residency. Dr. Bhatnagar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Kannada, and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Surgical Procedures, High Risk Pregnancy, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Jeffrey Evan Kaufman, MD
Specializes in Urology
16300 Sand Canyon; Suite 910
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Santa Ana, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Kaufman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), incontinence, and kidney problems. His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kaufman's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital (Bethpage, NY) and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Ultrasound, Erectile Dysfunction, Genitourinary Cancer, Urodynamics, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lamia L Gabal-Shehab, MD
Specializes in Urology
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue; Suite 405
Irvine, CA
 

Dr. Lamia Gabal-Shehab's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Gabal-Shehab's areas of clinical interest consist of erectile dysfunction (impotence), female urologic disorders, and infertility. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Gabal-Shehab attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, CA).

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Erectile Dysfunction, Vasectomy, Female Urologic Disorders, Interstitial Cystitis

Dr. Richard Elliot Landis, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30101 Town Center Drive; Suite 201
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Richard Landis is a psychologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Landis include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality, infertility

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Infertility, Psychopharmacology, Education ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Angioli, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30011 Ivy Glenn Drive; Suite 205
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Michael Angioli is a psychologist in Laguna Niguel, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Angioli include depression, stress management, and anxiety. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , intimacy issues

All Interests: Academic Concerns, Depression, Major Depression, Intimacy Issues, Individual Psychotherapy, Grief, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan J Nathan, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
469 Calle Cadiz; Unit C
Laguna Woods, CA
 

Dr. Susan Nathan practices psychology in Laguna Woods, CA and Laguna Hills, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. She is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nathan is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Education Consultation, Diagnostic Evaluation, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Child Psychology
26302 La Paz Road; Suite 201
Mission Viejo, CA
 

Dr. Kristina Roberts works as a family therapist, cognitive therapist, and child psychologist. These areas are among Dr. Roberts's clinical interests: crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Education Consultation, Diagnostic Evaluation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eung Eungsoon Park, PhD
Specializes in Acupuncture
30110 Crown Valley Parkway; #107
Laguna Niguel, CA
 

Dr. Eric Park works as an acupuncturist. Dr. Park's areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), cancer supportive care, and menstrual disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield insurance. In addition to English, he speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Sports Health, Headache, Nutrition Issues, Primary Care, Osteoporosis, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Sheryl Elizabeth Woodhouse
Specializes in Family Therapy
23121 Verdugo Drive; Suite 200
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Ms. Sheryl Woodhouse is a family therapist. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavior therapy, christian counseling, and narrative therapy. Ms. Woodhouse is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Infidelity Issues, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Kathryn Bryan
Specializes in Family Therapy, Art Therapy
23461 South Pointe Drive; Suite 310, Office 2
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Ms. Kathryn Bryan's areas of specialization are family therapy and art therapy. Areas of expertise for Ms. Bryan include infidelity issues, phobias, and dialectical behavior therapy. She is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Ms. Bryan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Japanese.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, intimacy issues, HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, ... (Read more)

Colleen Demi Young, MS
Specializes in Family Therapy
23421 S Pointe Drive; Suite 230
Laguna Hills, CA
 

Ms. Colleen Young practices family therapy in Laguna Hills, CA and Riverside, CA. Her areas of expertise include crisis intervention, infidelity issues, and phobias. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Magellan Health Services, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Ms. Young's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, intimacy issues

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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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