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Effect of soft-core pornography on female sexuality

Abd El-Rahman, Sherine H.; Sanad, Eman M.; Bayomy, Hanaa H.

doi: 10.1097/01.XHA.0000481895.52939.a3
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Background In the Arab world, consumption of soft-core pornography has increased in recent years. This type of pornography can motivate sexual behaviors that can affect health either positively or negatively.

Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of soft-core pornography on female sexuality and to assess its effect on female sexual desire, orgasm, and vaginal lubrication.

Participants and methods This is a cross-sectional study in which 200 sexually active married women were administered a self-filling questionnaire covering different aspects of female sexuality. All participants were free from any disease known to affect sexual function.

Results In total 52% of the participants and 59.5% of their husbands were positive watchers. An overall 51.6% of participants who were aware that their husbands were positive watchers reported experiencing negative emotions (depression, jealous), whereas 77% reported changes in their husbands’ attitude. Negative watchers were more satisfied with their sexual life compared with their counterparts. Although watching soft-core pornography had a statistically significant effect on sexual desire, vaginal lubrication, ability to reach orgasm, and masturbation, it had no statistically significant effect on coital frequency.

Conclusion Watching soft-core pornography affects female sexual life by increasing sexual boredom in both men and women, causing relational difficulties.

Departments of aDermatology and Andrology

bPublic Health, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University, Benha, Egypt

Correspondence to Sherine H. Abd El-Rahman, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University Hospital, Benha 591/11757, Egypt Tel: +20 203 03066/+20 203 03065; fax: +20 225 81705; e-mail:

Received February 27, 2016

Accepted October 21, 2016

© 2016 Human Andrology
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