If you’re a guy and looking for a little more action, you may want to step up your housework game.
A new study suggests men who do their share of chores around the house enjoy more sex – and better sex – than those who don’t.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta and published in the Journal of Family Psychology.
For the study, researchers reviewed the data of 1,338 couples who were part of the German Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (Pairfam) project. Each male was questioned about the amount of housework they did, the types of chores they did, and whether they viewed their housework contributions to be fair.
Both the amount of sex had by each couple and each partner’s sexual satisfaction were assessed one year later.
As it turns out, the results actually showed no association between the amount of housework a man did and a couple’s sex life.
“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,” says study coauthor Dr. Matt Johnson.
The thing is though, compared with men who reported making an unfair contribution to household work, those who perceived a fair contribution to household chores had sex with their partner more often, and both partners reported the sex being more satisfying.
As the researchers note, there are cultural differences between Germany and North America when it comes to gender roles. In Germany, people tend to adopt more traditional gender roles, and research has shown that German men do a lot less housework than American men.
According to Dr. Johnson, if the previous studies were true, the latest results would have shown a negative impact of housework on the sexuality of German men due to their more traditional gender views.
This, however, wasn’t the case.
That’s why the researchers say that couples who are looking to rev up their sex life may want to consider a fair division of household chores. Their findings contradict those of a 2013 study by Medical News Today, which suggested husbands who help out with “traditionally female” household chores – like doing laundry or washing the dishes – have less sex than those who leave all the chores to their wives.
“Rather than avoiding chores in the hopes of having more sex, as prior research would imply, men are likely to experience more frequent and satisfying passion for both partners between the sheets when they simply do their fair share,” says Johnson.
In this day and age, however, sex shouldn’t be incentive for a 50/50 balance of housework – an equal division should be a given.
So before you get between the sheets, make sure you’re doing your fair share of keeping them clean.