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On the other hand, a person can engage in sexual activity without an actual desire for it.Multiple factors affect human sex drive, including stress, illness, pregnancy, and others.
The levels of estrogen decrease at menopause and this usually causes a lower interest in sex and vaginal dryness which makes intercourse painful.In the week following ovulation, the testosterone level is the lowest and as a result women will experience less interest in sex.Also, during the week following ovulation, progesterone levels increase, resulting in a woman experiencing difficulty achieving orgasm.), colloquially known as sex drive, is a person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity.Sex drive is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors.This cycle has been associated with changes in a woman's testosterone levels during the menstrual cycle.
According to Gabrielle Lichterman, testosterone levels have a direct impact on a woman's interest in sex.
Failure to adequately adapt to the demands of these different stages could result in libidinal energy becoming 'dammed up' or fixated in these stages, producing certain pathological character traits in adulthood.
Thus the psychopathologized individual for Freud was an immature individual, and the goal of psychoanalysis was to bring these fixations to conscious awareness so that the libido energy would be freed up and available for conscious use in some sort of constructive sublimation.
According to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, the libido is identified as psychic energy.
Duality (opposition) creates the energy (or libido) of the psyche, which Jung asserts expresses itself only through symbols: "It is the energy that manifests itself in the life process and is perceived subjectively as striving and desire." (Ellenberger, 697) Defined more narrowly, libido also refers to an individual's urge to engage in sexual activity, and its antonym is the force of destruction termed mortido or destrudo.
Problems can arise from disparity of sexual desires between partners, or poor communication between partners of sexual needs and preferences.