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Table 3 An overview of key themes and sub themes

From: Sexual motivations during the menopausal transition among Iranian women: a qualitative inquiry

Key themes Sub themes
Diminished sexual capacity -Effects of menopause
- Illnesses associated with mid-life
-Desire discrepancy
Intimate coupling -Lack of emotional/ physical intimacy
-Couple communication and romance
Socio-cultural scripts -Sexual scripts
-Parental responsibilities
Sense of youthfulness -Having an active and happy life
-Maintaining physically attractiveness