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Table 3 The relationship between the six domains of the FSFI and demographic and clinical variables in the study subjects

From: Sexual dysfunction in women with multiple sclerosis: prevalence and impact on quality of life

FSFI Domain Desire Arousal Lubrication Orgasm Satisfaction Pain Total Sexual Dysfunction
Age r −0.212** −0.238** −0.119* − 0.156** − 0.154** 0.153** − 0.166**
p < 0.001 < 0.001 0.040 0.007 0.008 0.008 0.004
Duration of marriage (years) r −0.171** − 0.237** − 0.150** − 0.169** −0.141* 0.153** −0.166**
p 0.003 < 0.001 0.009 0.003 0.015 0.008 0.004
Fatigue r −0.173** −0.226** −0.261** − 0.234** −0.252** − 0.195** −0.313**
p 0.003 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 0.001 < 0.001
Age at diagnosis r −0.107 − 0.137* 0.021 − 0.049 −0.041 0.195** −0.024
p 0.065 0.018 0.711 0.397 0.475 0.001 0.673
Anxiety r 0.070 −0.094 0.009 − 0.105 −0.093 0.008 −0.054
p 0.229 0.104 0.879 0.069 0.109 0.887 0.349
Depression r 0.007 −0.200** −0.066 −0.147* − 0.118* −0.043 − 0.135*
p 0.900 < 0.001 0.252 0.011 0.040 0.453 0.020
Stress r 0.114* −0.076 0.028 −0.075 − 0.060 −0.043 − 0.029
p 0.048 0.189 0.627 0.195 0.301 0.454 0.613
Disease duration (years) r −0.069 −0.041 −0.147* − 0.173** −0.101 − 0.044 −0.106
p 0.235 0.483 0.011 0.003 0.082 0.450 0.068
EDSS r −0.071 −0.148* −0.127* − 0.173** −0.154** − 0.024 −0.164**
p 0.219 0.010 0.028 0.003 0.008 0.676 0.004
Physical health composite score r 0.257** 0.368** 0.319** 0.323** 0.365** 0.195** 0.427**
p < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 0.001 < 0.001
Mental health composite score r 0.225** 0.300** 0.212** 0.290** 0.303** 0.193** 0.354**
p < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001 0.001 < 0.001
MS Pattern Mean (SD)
 CIS 18 3.46(0.76) 3.58(1.14) 5.01(0.86) 3.51(1.40) 4.97(1.18) 5.20(0.87) 25.75(4.18)
 RRMS 243 3.42(1.06) 3.66(1.16) 4.27(1.26) 3.84(1.26) 4.57(1.13) 4.94(1.20) 24.73(5.17)
 Progressives 39 3.35(1.09) 3.28(1.26) 4.02(1.47) 3.37(1.13) 4.35(1.29) 5.16(1.12) 23.56(5.02)
ANOVA F 0.093 1.760 3.819 2.750 1.755 0.871 1.337
P 0.911 0.174 0.023 0.066 0.175 0.420 0.264
Education Mean (SD)
 Secondary school or below 74 3.29(1.21) 3.25(1.28) 3.98(1.50) 3.46(1.36) 4.37(1.27) 5.23(1.18) 23.58(5.72)
 High school 132 3.43(0.996) 3.72(1.21) 4.40(1.19) 3.89(1.23) 4.57(1.18) 4.95(1.15) 24.95(5.14)
 University 94 3.50(.990) 3.74(0.99) 4.37(1.20) 3.82(1.21) 4.74(1.02) 4.86(1.22) 25.04(4.46)
ANOVA F 0.811 4.685 2.844 2.866 2.029 2.097 2.113
P 0.445 0.010 0.060 0.058 0.133 0.125 0.123
  1. P-value resulted from Pearson’s test and ANOVA,
  2. **. Correlation is significant at the 0.01 level (2-tailed),
  3. *. Correlation is significant at the 0.05 level (2-tailed)