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What affects your sex drive, and is your sex drive “normal”

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Have you ever wondered where you stand with your sex drive? Is it above or below average?

People rarely talk about their “sex drive”, which, simply put is an individual’s overall sexual drive, or desire for sexual activity.

According to the Irish Times, there are many different factors that influence a persons sex drive.

So what affects your sex drive?

Testosterone is the key hormone controlling sex drive in men and women.

Some other factors that influence your sex drive however are, excessive work hours, lack of sleep, depleted energy levels or too much alcohol.

Unresolved conflicts in the relationship or wider family.as well as stress and personality type can also have impacts on your drive.

So what constitutes as a “normal” sex drive?

There are so many different factors that shape someone’s sex drive, so defining a “normal” sex drive is tricky. However, according to The Irish Times, every person should find their own “perfect” amount of sex.

“Just because there is a supposed average number of times that people have sex a week, it doesn’t mean it’s an optimum number. It’s up to each person to find their own optimal number.”

So what is a normal sex drive?

“A normal, healthy sex drive is simply something that someone is comfortable with,” said Stephen Murphy, GP to the Irish Times.

“What’s interesting is that libido is probably of primary interest to people who still have it, and the thought of losing it is quite frightening. But for people whose libido is low, or who have lost it, apart from the fact they’re upsetting their partner, they’re usually not terribly concerned themselves,” he added.

So there you have it. There’s no “perfect” or “normal” sex drive.

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