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J Sex Marital Ther. 2009;35(1):68-75. doi: 10.1080/00926230802525687.

Marital satisfaction, sexual problems, and the possible difficulties on sex therapy in traditional Islamic culture.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey. ayasan@dicle.edu.tr


We plan to investigate the level of marital satisfaction, the prevalence of sexual problems, and related issues in couples who were referred to an outpatient clinic of psychiatry for their sexual problems. All were living according to traditional Islamic culture. Twenty-five (80.64%) of the couples attended the clinic for not being able to have any sexual intercourse. Overall, 25.8% of the women, and 3.2% of the men had been married without their consent; those marriages were arranged and mediated by matchmakers. Vaginismus (58.06%) was the most common diagnosis among women and premature ejaculation (38.70%) among men. We found that marital satisfaction was affected by the mode of marriage.

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