Locals will tell you this is increasing as it becomes more socially acceptable, and that many of these couples are from Cairo's poorer areas.
The second issue is that men will take advantage of their dominant role in society, as well as the lack of proof of their virginity, to have pre-marital sex while condemning women for the same thing.
Most of my friends have had sex numerous times with numerous women (and continue to chase others), but will think of women who are far less promiscuous as non-marriage material. These two problems (self-denial and male hypocrisy) must be transformed into openness and equality through dialogue.
Instead I would like to point out what I think is somewhat of a mistake in this article.
It is true that 'clothing in Egypt is becoming more liberal' but this is ONLY for the 'wealthy-liberal-elite', who often cannot wear such clothing openly in the streets.
The 'liberalisation' of clothing for the rich is only happening with a contrasting backdrop of conservative dress for the lower and even middle classes.
Wyatt Elmokadem, Cairo Unfortunately, this is one area where our society is extremely hypocritical and in self-denial.
Dr Tawila says young people, particularly girls, are highly aware of the risks of pre-marital sex.
For example, Shaymaa, 20, is in love with Ashraf, her boyfriend of 18 months.
Gynaecologist Rima Khofash works among both rich and poor in Cairo and estimates that about 50% of young people have pre-marital sex.