Libido /lɨˈbiːdoʊ/, and colloquially sex drive, is a person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Sex drive is determined by biological, psychological, and social factors. Biologically, levels of hormones such as testosterone are believed to affect sex drive; social factors, such as work and family, also have an impact; as do internal psychological factors, like personality and stress. Sex drive may be affected by medical conditions, medications, lifestyle and relationship issues. A person who has extremely frequent or a suddenly increased sex drive may be experiencing hypersexuality, or puberty in which the body builds up chemicals and causes a higher sex drive. Asexual people may lack any sexual desires.

Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem affecting up to one in five men – and even more women – at some point in their life. It's often linked to professional and personal stress, or other factors. However, an unexpected loss of libido – especially when it lasts for a long time or keeps returning – can also indicate an underlying personal, medical or lifestyle problem, which can be upsetting to both partners in a relationship.

If you're concerned about your libido, especially if your diminished sex drive distresses you or affects your relationship, make an appointment to visit Dr P K Jain Clini to discuss any underlying causes and possible medical or psychological treatments. We have decades of expertise in the matter and will resolve this problem which can seriously damage your relationship.