Unpacking the Surprising Statistics from Durex Malaysia’s Sexual Health Survey

Posted On: May 29, 2023

Unpacking the Surprising Statistics from Durex Malaysia's Sexual Health Survey

As a Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist, I am always interested in new research and insights into sexual health and wellness. That’s why I was particularly intrigued by the recent survey conducted by Durex Malaysia, which revealed some surprising statistics about Malaysian youths’ sexual health and perceptions.

Here are some of the key findings from the survey:

  • 35.4% of Malaysian youth have had sexual intercourse, a significant increase from the figure of 18.8% in 2016.
  • 40% of respondents reported feeling pressured to have sex, while 31% relied on online articles, movies, or videos to learn about sex.
  • 35% of respondents believed that using two condoms at the same time is better than one, while 23% thought that HIV can be transmitted through a toilet seat.
  • 41% believed that masturbation is bad for health, and almost 40% believed the myth that STIs are only transmitted through penetrative sex.

These statistics highlight the urgent need for comprehensive sexual education and awareness campaigns in Malaysia. As a sexologist, I am committed to helping individuals and couples navigate these issues with confidence and knowledge.

If you have concerns about your sexual health or wellness, there are resources available to you. Here are some options:

  • Seek out a qualified sexologist or therapist who can provide personalized support and guidance. As a Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist myself, I am available to help you navigate any issues you may be facing.
    Check out online resources such as Scarleteen or Planned Parenthood for accurate information about sexual health and wellness.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you may have about your sexual health.

Together, we can work towards a healthier and happier future.


  1. Durex Malaysia. (2022). Sexual Health & Intimate Wellness Survey 2022: Unpacking Surprising Statistics About Malaysian Youths’ Sexual Health and Perceptions.
  2. Planned Parenthood. (n.d.). Sexual Health. Retrieved from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/sexual-health
  3. Scarleteen. (n.d.). Sex Ed for the Real World. Retrieved from https://www.scarleteen.com/

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Dr. Martha Tara Lee has been a passionate advocate for positive sexuality since 2007. With a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Counseling, she launched Eros Coaching in 2009 to help individuals and couples lead self-actualised and pleasurable lives. Her expertise includes working with couples who have unconsummated marriage, individuals with sexual inhibitions and discrepancies in sexual desire, men with erection and ejaculation concerns, and members of the LGBTQIA+ and kink communities. Dr. Lee welcomes all sexual orientations and is available for online and face-to-face consultations. Martha speaks English and Mandarin.

She is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in the region (as of 2011) and is also an AASECT certified sexuality educator supervisor (as of 2018). She strives to provide fun, educational, and sex-positive events and is often cited in the media including Huffington PostNewsweek, South China Morning Post, and more. She is the appointed Resident Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society, Of Noah.sgOfZoey.sg, and Virtus Fertility Centre. She is the host of radio show Eros Evolution for OMTimes Radio. In recognition of her work, she was named one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women under 40’ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the author of Love, Sex and Everything In-Between (2013),  Orgasmic Yoga: Masturbation, Meditation and Everything In-Between (2015), From Princess to Queen: Heartbreaks, Heartgasms and Everything In-Between (2017), and {Un}Inhihibited (2019).

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