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using SPSS version 22. P-value was set at P <0.05. Fifty (22.5%) infertile women had
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significantly affected self–esteem (P=0.016). There is a positive relationship between
female sexual function index scores and self-esteem scores among fertile and infertile
women (r= 0.294 and 0.354 respectively) p<0.001 Sexual dysfunctions among infertile
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