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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1030-1036

Societal and cultural values toward female sexuality


1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Shebin Al Kawm, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Berket Elsabae General Hospital, Menoufia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Reham M. A. Rasoul
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Berket Elsabae, Menoufia
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_22_18

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Objective To evaluate the level of knowledge and perceptions of the Egyptian women regarding virginity, pain, and bleeding during hymen defloration; assess the forced virginity examination; evaluate the magnitude of sexual education of females; and assess its effect on female sexuality. Background Problems related to sexuality have consequences for men, women, and public health. Female virginity has had special significance for centuries, especially for traditional societies. Formal sexual education should be introduced in the curriculum of the schools within the context of our religion and culture. Patients and methods This a cross-sectional cohort study that included 100 married women and 100 virgin women, aged from 16 to 60 years, who attended the Dermatology and Andrology Outpatient Clinic of Menoufia University Hospitals. The self-filling questionnaire was written in English and translated into Arabic. The questionnaire was explained to the participants, and they were instructed on how to fill it out. Results A girl should remain virgin till marriage was the opinion of 100% in group A and 80% in group B. Moreover, 97.8% in group A and 65.9% in group B disagreed with premarital sex for men, because it is 'religiously haram'. Most of the participants in group A had a defect in knowledge concerning sexuality, and 45% in group A and 42% in group B acquired their knowledge from friend's activity. Conclusion The study showed a conservative opinion related to virginity and the hymen examination. Formal sexual education should be introduced in the curricula of the schools within the context of our religion and culture.


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