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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 394-400

Can the degree of religiosity affect female sexual behavior in a sample of Muslim married women?

1 Department Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University, Benha, Egypt
2 Department Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University, Benha, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Lobna S El-Degheady
Department of Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University, Benha 13737
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bmfj.bmfj_130_18

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Background Contemporary literature exhibits conflicting evidence about the link between religiosity and sexual behaviors. However, defining religion and spirituality remains a challenging prospect for scientists. Aim The current study aimed to test if the degree of religiosity of a sample of Muslim women affected their sexuality. Patients and methods A total of 406 married Muslim women responded to a self-report questionnaire that included questions about their sexual activities. Women were divided into three groups according to their assumed degree of religiosity. Results The most common coital frequency was two to three times/week, which was ‘suitable’ for most women. Most participants refused the idea of initiating sexual contact with their husbands. Among our sample, 52.5% denied ever masturbating mainly because it is ‘haram’, and they believe that masturbation harms sexual life. Most women could reach orgasm in greater than 50% of their sexual encounters. More than once pre week was the commonest rate of having spontaneous desire. Although no statistically significant differences (P>0.05) could be found among the three groups, the group labeled as less religious than average tended to be more able to admit having masturbation sessions before marriage and they also faked orgasms more. Again, with no statistically significant differences (P>0.05), women labeled as more religious than average tended to be more able to achieve orgasm, to consider being tired as the reason for no interest to engage in sexual act, and to be more satisfied with their sexual life. Conclusions The degree of religiosity seems to have no effect on sexual behavior in this sample of Muslim Egyptian women.

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