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Hamdia M. Ahmed a , Kameran H. Ismail b and Namir G. Al-Tawil b

a College of Nursing, Hawler Medical University.
b Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Hawler Medical University.

Submitted: 5/5/2016; Accepted: 12/12/2016Published: 1/6/2017



Healthy sexual relationship leads to achievement of affinity and affection in family in addition to proper satisfaction of sexual instincts.


This study was conducted to find out the prevalence of sexual satisfaction and to identify factors that are associated with marital satisfaction in a group of married women in Erbil.


A cross-sectional study was conducted between October 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015. A convenience sample (of 300 married women aged 15-45 years) was taken from three settings in Erbil, Iraq (the maternity teaching hospital, two schools, and nursing institute and college). Verbal informed consent was obtained from all participants. A Five Point Likert Scale was used to assess the sexual satisfaction of the studied sample.


The majority of women were satisfied most of the time with their sexual partners, and they enjoy the process. The overall sexual satisfaction was 88.7%. There was significant association between high level of satisfaction and the following variables: place of the sample (adult school), religion (Muslim), occupation (high professionals), smoking (non-smokers), contraceptive method (condom and natural method), and women who mentioned “husband have right to make sex any time he want”. Also there was a significant association between level of satisfaction and following variables: family planning (non-users), type of marriage (no previous agreement) and overall satisfaction.


The majority of women were satisfied most of the time with their sexual partners, and they enjoy the process.


Sex, Satisfaction, Erbil.

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