We found 5 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Gurnee, IL.

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Dr. Sanjay Gandhi, MD
Specializes in Urology, Urogynecology
351 S. Greenleaf Avenue; Suite E
Park City, IL

Dr. Sanjay Gandhi's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease) and urogynecology. In Dr. Gandhi's practice, he is particularly interested in pelvic reconstructive surgery, urinary incontinence, and interstitial cystitis. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gandhi (or staff) speaks Icelandic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Gandhi is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Incontinence, Urinary Incontinence, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pelvic ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Gynecology
7900 Rollins Road; Suite 1100
Gurnee, IL

Dr. Rebecca Jacobson is a general gynecologist in Lake Forest, IL, Gurnee, IL, and Highland Park, IL. Dr. Jacobson's areas of clinical interest consist of minimally invasive surgery and infertility. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jacobson accepts. She attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at UH Case Medical Center for residency. Dr. Jacobson is professionally affiliated with NorthShore Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Karen M Jacksack, MD
Specializes in General Gynecology
1475 Belvidere Road; Suite 212
Grayslake, IL

Dr. Karen Mass is a general gynecology specialist in Lake Forest, IL and Grayslake, IL. Her areas of expertise include menopause, well woman care, and uterine prolapse. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mass is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for her residency. Dr. Mass's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Mass's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , endometriosis

All Interests: Menopause, Uterine Prolapse, Postmenopause, Breast Issues, Ovarian Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Shawn Saffrin, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
3 S Greenleaf Street; Suite J
Gurnee, IL

Dr. Robert Saffrin is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Gurnee, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Glenview, IL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Saffrin attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Saffrin's areas of expertise include the following: genitourinary reconstruction, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saffrin is professionally affiliated with Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Northwestern Medicine, and Vista Health System. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence), infertility

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

Specializes in Psychology
15 Tower Court; Suite 245
Gurnee, IL

Dr. Patricia Kimbel is a psychologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kimbel include crisis intervention, depression, and domestic abuse. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana HMO, and Magellan Health Services, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kimbel's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Sleep Disorders, Neglect, Education, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, ... (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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