We found 6 providers with an interest in sexual health issues and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near College Station, TX.

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Dr. Michael A Allon, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology
1602 Rock Prairie Road; Suite 400
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Michael Allon's areas of specialization are reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecology; he sees patients in Houston, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and College Station, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Allon is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include pap test, male infertility, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Allon attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Allon (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , male infertility, male reproductive disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, endometriosis

All Interests: Menopause, Cyst Removal, Infertility, Gynecologic Procedures, Nutrition Issues, Hysteroscopy, Pap ... (Read more)

Dr. Nancy M Bertsch, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Nancy Bertsch is a specialist in general obstetrics & gynecology. She works in College Station, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Bertsch completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The average patient rating for Dr. Bertsch is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Outstanding First Year Resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Administrative Chief Resident; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Bertsch is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Incontinence, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecological Problems

Dr. Margaret P Appleton, MD
Specializes in General Obstetrics & Gynecology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Margaret Appleton practices general obstetrics & gynecology in College Station, TX. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Appleton completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. Dr. Appleton is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , infertility

All Interests: Infertility, Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecological Problems, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Brian Huntting Stagner, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
408 Tarrow Street
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Brian Stagner is a psychologist in College Station, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Stagner include crisis intervention, adoption issues, and depression. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stagner honors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , sexuality, sexual orientation issues

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

Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
4444 Carter Creek Parkway; Suite 204
Bryan, TX
 

Dr. Roy Luepnitz specializes in psychology and counseling and practices in Bryan, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Luepnitz include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Luepnitz welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , sexual dysfunction, sexuality

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Javier R Kane, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
1700 University Drive East
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Javier Kane works as a pediatric hospice and palliative medicine specialist, pediatric hematologist, and pediatric oncologist in College Station, TX, Killeen, TX, and Temple, TX. Dr. Kane is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He trained at Children's Hospital of Austin for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Outstanding Clinical Improvement Award, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Presidential Award for Clinical Excellence, The University of Texas Health Science Center; and Texas Champion in End of Life Care Award, Texas Partnership for End-of-Life Care. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , HIV/AIDS

All Interests: HIV/AIDS, Hemophilia, Cancer, Anemia, Abnormal Bleeding, Blood Clots, Thrombocytopenia

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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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