Investigating the Relation between Women’s Body Image and Unconsummated Marriage

Sara Hossein, Mahnaz Noroozi, Gita Montazery


Background: Unconsummated marriage is considered to be one of the complicated sexual issues that lead to multiple complications and problems for couples as well as the society. It is thought that this disorder is more common in traditional cultures and some religions such as Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism. The aim of this study was to determine the relation between women’s body image and unconsummated marriage.

 Materials and Methods: This was a case‑control study which was conducted among 50 women who had an unconsummated marriage (case group) and 100 women who had a consummated marriage (control group) in Isfahan, Iran during 2015–2016. Data were collected using the Multidimensional Body‑Self Relations Questionnaire (MBSRQ). The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical tests.

Results: The total score of body image and all its components had no significant difference between both the groups of the case and the control (P > 0.05).

 Conclusions: Considering that no relation was found between body image and unconsummated marriage and the religious culture of the Iranian society with conservative sexual norms, investigating unconsummated marriage with emphasis on cultural factors is recommended. Hence, such sexual disorders would be avoided and the number of affected people and challenges can be decreased.


Body image; marriage; sexual abstinence; sexual dysfunction; unconsummated marriage; virginity; Iran

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