Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 626–638 | Cite as

Sexual Fantasy, Masturbation and Pornography Among Egyptians

  • Zeinab Kasemy
  • Dalia El-Sayed Desouky
  • Gaafar Abdelrasoul
Original Paper


Sexual behavior is subjected to varying degrees of social, cultural, religious and moral constraints. With the lack of Egyptian studies addressing the prevalence of sexual fantasy, masturbation and pornography consumption, the aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of these behaviors among Egyptians, and its relation to socio-demographic characteristics. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 1532 patients who attended four outpatient clinics of Menoufia University Hospital in the time from January to March 2015. A significant higher prevalence of sexual fantasy was found among female participants, whereas unmarried males showed a higher prevalence compared to married ones. The prevalence of masturbation and pornography was significantly higher among males and among participants with higher educational level. Higher masturbation and pornography prevalence was found among married males with a marriage duration of >10–20 years, where a higher prevalence was found among married females with a marriage duration of ≤10 years. The study showed a considerably high prevalence of sexual fantasy, masturbation and pornography among the participants. Future studies are needed to assess the risk factors that contribute to this high prevalence. This should be followed by a comprehensive and effective intervention program to ensure optimum reproductive and sexual health among Egyptians.


Sexual fantasy Masturbation Pornography Egyptians 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the administrative office and staff members of Menoufia University Hospital

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest related to that work.

Research Involving Human Participants

Official approvals were obtained from the Ethics Committee of Faculty of Medicine of Menoufia University, from the director of Menoufia university hospital, and from the heads of the four related departments.

Informed Consent

All participants were informed about the purpose of the study and the way of answering the questionnaire, and written and informed verbal consents were taken from all patients before sharing in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeinab Kasemy
    • 1
  • Dalia El-Sayed Desouky
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gaafar Abdelrasoul
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of MedicineMenoufia UniversityShebeen Al KoomEgypt
  2. 2.Departments of Public Health and Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Applied Medical SciencesTaif UniversityTaif CitySaudi Arabia

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