We found 7 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Harvard Pilgrim ACD near Newton, MA.

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Dr. Jan Leslie Shifren MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Jan Shifren is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: male infertility, menopause, and female infertility. Dr. Shifren honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and then she performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Shifren has received distinctions including American Society for Reproductive Medicine-Ortho Research Grant in Reproduction; American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation Fellowship; and Society for Gynecologic Investigation President's Presenter Award. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, female infertility, female sexual dysfunction

All Interests: Menopause, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Female Infertility, Male Infertility

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.83 stars (10 ratings)
40 Second Avenue; Suite 515
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Carey York-Best is a general obstetrics & gynecology specialist. Patients rated Dr. York-Best highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, fibroids, and endometriosis. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. York-Best takes. She has an open panel. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Her residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. York-Best has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , endometriosis

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.66 stars (3 ratings)
40 Second Street; Suite 400
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Rebecca Kolp's specialty is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Kolp attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kolp completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kolp include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), contraception (birth control), and adolescent gynecology. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kolp accepts. Dr. Kolp has received professional recognition including the following: Humanity and Compassion In Patient Care; Compassion and Patient Care; and The Crozer Hospital Award For Humanity And. She is conversant in German. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kolp's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Adolescent Gynecology, Postmenopause, Vaginal Discharge, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatopathology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Horn is a specialist in dermatopathology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Horn takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in German. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Horn is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Warts, Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Dermatopathology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Arturo Saavedra's area of specialization is dermatopathology. He has a special interest in skin issues and HIV/AIDS. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Saavedra is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Saavedra performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Poster Session and Congressional Reception, National Institutes of Health; National Hispanic Research Fellowship Award; and National Research Service Award. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Kathryn Susan Brigham M.D.
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue; Lo-306
Boston, MA
 

Dr. Kathryn Brigham's specialty is adolescent medicine. Dr. Brigham attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Brigham include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bulimia, and primary care. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and NSMC Salem Hospital. Dr. Brigham welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

All Interests: Bulimia, Adolescent Gynecology, Primary Care, Eating Disorders, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Leigh Rosenblum MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
average rating 3.83 stars (3 ratings)
2000 Washington Street; 6 S
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Rosenblum, who practices in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Newton, MA, is a medical specialist in adolescent medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenblum include obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and eating disorders. On average, patients gave Dr. Rosenblum a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosenblum honors. She obtained her medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rosenblum has received distinctions including Boston Super Doctors; Boston Magazine Top Doctors; and U.S. News and World Reports Top Doctors. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Rosenblum is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , reproductive health, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

All Interests: Eating Disorders, Obesity, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Reproductive Health

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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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