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Dr. Amy Lynn Opperer Opperer, DO
Specializes in Urology
19991 Hall Road; Suite 201
Macomb, MI

Dr. Amy Brode is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Macomb, MI, Livonia, MI, and Warren, MI. Her clinical interests include endourologic procedures, female urologic disorders, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Brode is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Botsford Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Brode speaks Hebrew. Her professional affiliations include McLaren Health Care, St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Female Urologic Disorders, Endourologic Procedures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shiva J Maralani, MD
Specializes in Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
11051 Hall Road; Suite 200
Utica, MI

Dr. Shiva Maralani, who practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI and Utica, MI, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease) and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Maralani speaks Persian. Her clinical interests include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit) and Henry Ford Health System. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Maralani honors several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart.

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Relevant Interests: , erectile dysfunction (impotence)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas R Hartzell, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
46591 Romeo Plank Road
Macomb, MI

Dr. Thomas Hartzell, who practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI and Macomb, MI, is a medical specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. Before performing his residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit, Dr. Hartzell attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. In Dr. Hartzell's practice, he is particularly interested in labor and delivery (childbirth), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and infertility. He accepts Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit).

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Specializes in Other, General Obstetrics & Gynecology
17900 23 Mile Road; Suite 301
Macomb, MI

Dr. Paul Nehra works as a general OB/GYN. His areas of expertise include menopause, labor and delivery (childbirth), and high risk pregnancy. Dr. Nehra is professionally affiliated with St. John Hospital and Medical Center (Detroit). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Nehra has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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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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