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Free sex therapy offers to be posted in NYU dorms this fall, therapist says / DNAinfo

Written by Danielle Tcholakin for DNAinfo.  Originally published in August 7th, 2014. 


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New York University plans to post fliers offering free sex therapy for freshmen — as well as returning students — on every floor of every one of the school’s 23 dorms this fall, the program’s director told DNAinfo New York.

“Having problems related to SEX?” the fliers ask in large, bold letters, listing issues including “difficulty reaching orgasm” and “difficulty communicating your sexual needs.” The fliers then refer students to the Program in Human Sexuality at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

The hospital’s sex therapy program started 35 years ago, but this is the first year they’re doing this kind of outreach to NYU students, according to program co-director Amy Rosenberg.

Rosenberg shared a copy of the flier with DNAinfo and said the direct outreach to students is particularly important because young adults often find it difficult to seek help, so they wait until their struggles become overwhelming.

“They’re tormented by it,” she said. “It does take a lot for them to get help because there’s so much shame involved in this.”

The program treats a range of issues. Most common among men is erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, and among women, low libido or never having an orgasm, a condition called anorgasmia.

The clients work with gynecologists and urologists to rule out any biological causes — low testosterone, for example — but with college students, these issues are often caused by anxiety or prior traumatic experiences, Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg said erectile dysfunction is becoming more prevalent than premature ejaculation among young men, a rise specialists attribute to a “prevalence of porn.”

“A 20-year-old who started watching porn at 12 or 13, seeing exactly the body parts that they want and watching sex in exactly the way that they want, it’s more difficult for them to get turned on by a real person,” Rosenberg said. She said the issue seems to affect straight and gay men equally.”

Read more about NYU’s sexual therapy– and how much sessions cost for non-NYU students by clicking here!

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