Believe it or not: Views of a sample of Egyptian women about sexual myths

Document Type : Original Article


1 Dermatology&andrology, faculty of medicine, Banha University, Egypt

2 Dermatology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University

3 El-Qinnayat Central Hospital-Sharqia governorate


Background: Many people have sexual dysfunctions for the simple reason that they believe in certain fallacies and mythical ideas.
Aim: To assess the opinion of female doctors compared with nonmedical women regarding sexual myths.
Patients and Methods: Participants included 822 married women divided into two groups: a medical group including 432 (52.6%) female doctors (not working in the field of sexual medicine) and a nonmedical group including 390 (47.4%) women. The tool was a self-report questionnaire to assess opinions about eight sexual myths in addition to demographic data.
Results: Most nonmedical women believed in seven of the eight myths, whereas most female doctors believed in only two myths. Age of women, their residence, and their educational level were determining factors in believing sexual myths.
Conclusion: Nonmedical women are more liable to believe in sexual myths. The need to spread proper sexual knowledge via sexual education is a dire need.


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