The name Easter may, or may not, be derived from the Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar—the source of the Hebrew name Esther.
Belle Jar has more: Ishtar was the goddess of love, war and sex.
Anyway, the point I am trying to make here is that, yes, Ishtar was associated with fertility and sex.
The portents taken through observation of the position of Ishtar or Venus in the heavens were of especial value.
There was in the worship of Ishtar wailing for Tammuz (Adonis).
In the crisis of the Deluge we are told, 'Ishtar spoke like a little child, the great goddess pronounced her discourse.
Ishtar could not be an exception to the general principle and remain unmated.
Ishtar is thus the mother of men, herself deified and gone into the heavens, but even there mourning over her hapless children.
Then Ishtar ascended the wall of the city, and standing there cursed Izdubar.
Accordingly he bids Tsaidu return to the mountains, taking with him Ukhut, one of the sacred women of the temple of Ishtar.