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Table 3 Comparison of FSFI and its domains between pregnant, lactating and Non-pregnant/ noon-lactating groups

From: Sexual function, mental health, and quality of life under strain of COVID-19 pandemic in Iranian pregnant and lactating women: a comparative cross-sectional study

Variables Pregnant group (P)
N = 200
Lactating group (L)
N = 203
Non-pregnant/ non-lactating (N)
N = 201
P value* Pair wise comparison
P value**
Desire 3.25 ± 1.02 3.16 ± 1.06 3.66 ± 0.35 <0.001 P and N: <0.001
P and L: 0.30
N and L: <0.001
Arousal 3.62 ± 1.63 3.62 ± 1.70 4.53 ± 1.06 <0.001 P and N: <0.001
P and L: 0.97
N and L: <0.001
Lubrication 3.89 ± 1.79 3.91 ± 1.71 4.09 ± 1.17 0.36 P and N: 0.19
P and L: 0.87
N and L: 0.25
Orgasm 3.75 ± 1.87 3.91 ± 1.81 4.35 ± 1.01 <0.001 P and N: <0.001
P and L: 0.32
N and L: 0.007
Satisfaction 4.37 ± 1.42 4.25 ± 1.46 4.50 ± 1.13 0.18 P and N: 0.35
P and L: 0.36
N and L: 0.06
Pain 3.81 ± 1.97 3.79 ± 1.88 5.03 ± 1.07 <0.001 P and N: <0.001
P and L: 0.92
N and L: <0.001
Total score 22.71 ± 8.16 22.72 ± 8.16 26.19 ± 3.93 <0.001 P and N: <0.001
P and L: 0.92
N and L: <0.001
  1. FSFI: Female Sexual Function Index, TL: tubal ligation. ANOVA: analysis of variance
  2. * One-way ANOVA
  3. ** One-way ANOVA followed by LSD Post Hoc test