We found 9 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 practices reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shifren include male infertility, menopause, and female infertility. Dr. Shifren's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Shifren is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Menopause, in Vitro Fertilization, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Female Infertility, Male Infertility

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
40 Second Avenue; Suite 515
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aaron Styer is a physician who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Styer include male infertility, minimally invasive surgery, and female infertility. On average, patients gave Dr. Styer a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Styer offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, female infertility

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Female Infertility, Fibroids, Endometriosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
40 Second Street; Suite 400
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Rebecca Kolp's area of specialization is general obstetrics & gynecology. Dr. Kolp is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), contraception (birth control), and adolescent gynecology. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Kolp's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her distinctions include: Humanity and Compassion In Patient Care; Compassion and Patient Care; and The Crozer Hospital Award For Humanity And. Dr. Kolp is conversant in German.

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Relevant Interests: , sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

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

Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
40 Second Avenue; Suite 515
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Toth's specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Toth include male infertility and female infertility. Dr. Toth is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Toth has an open panel. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for his residency. Dr. Toth has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, female infertility

All Interests: in Vitro Fertilization, Female Infertility, Male Infertility

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

Dr. Kathryn Brigham specializes in adolescent medicine and practices in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Brigham's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), bulimia, and primary care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and NSMC Salem Hospital. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Brigham attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brigham honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to 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
2000 Washington Street; 6 S
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Jennifer Rosenblum is a specialist in adolescent medicine. She works in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Newton, MA. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rosenblum is especially interested in obesity, reproductive health, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Boston Super Doctors; Boston Magazine Top Doctors; and U.S. News and World Reports Top Doctors. Dr. Rosenblum offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , reproductive health

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

Specializes in Dermatopathology
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Horn's medical specialty is dermatopathology. Dr. Horn is conversant in German. His areas of expertise consist of warts and HIV/AIDS. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Horn attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Warts, Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Dermatopathology
2 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA
 

Dr. Arturo Saavedra is a dermatopathology specialist in Boston, MA and Newton, MA. He speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Saavedra include skin issues and HIV/AIDS. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Saavedra include: Poster Session and Congressional Reception, National Institutes of Health; National Hispanic Research Fellowship Award; and National Research Service Award. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS

Specializes in Gynecologic Oncology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Don Dizon's medical specialty is gynecologic oncology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Dizon's clinical interests encompass cancer survivorship. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Dizon honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received the following distinctions: American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award and Cum Laude, University of Rochester. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual health issues

All Interests: Sexual Health Issues, Cancer Survivorship

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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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