There are quite a few common theories out there to improving your sex life. Whether its dining on strange aphrodisiacs to get you in the mood, or simply having a few more date nights. But this study has revealed something a little bit more surprising…
Man-up with your marigolds, adorn your apron, and get stuck in, because apparently if you do an equal amount of housework as your partner, you’ll have better sex, more often. This might even take role-play up a level – actually, maybe not.
The study – which was undertaken by the University of Alberta – discovered that couples enjoyed more frequent and satisfying sex for both partners when the housework is split equally between men and women.
Dr Matt Johnson, a family ecology professor at the university, headed up the study over five years, with over 1,300 German couples taking part. His findings, published in the not-so-subtly titled paper ‘Skip the Dishes? Not so Fast! Sex and Housework Revisited’ also revealed that there’s no correlation between the amount of housework done by a guy and the sexual activity of a couple.
Talking to The Independent, however, Dr Johnson explained that this wouldn’t be the case with every single couple:
In any relationship, the amount of housework is going to mean something different based on the couple’s context. Based on their own expectations for what each partner should be doing, and their comparison levels of what happens with other couples they know.
Dr Johnson’s study completely and utterly contradicts the widely reported Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage study conducted in 2012 by the American Sociological Review, which claimed that couples have less sex when a man performs what is regarded as traditionally female housework.
Dr Johnson defended his findings, stating their were ‘cultural differences’ between the U.S and Germany adding:
The study didn’t ring true, It didn’t fit with my intuition and background experiences as a couple’s therapist. There are cultural differences but if the logic held from the prior studies, we would have expected to have a more pronounced negative impact of housework on sexuality in Germany because it’s a bit more traditional. But that wasn’t the case at all.
What a revelation, who’d have thought that satisfaction between the sheets was as simple as taking turns in washing them!