Over the years, men have increasingly become more involved in the the daily routine of their families. Whether it is taking care of the children as stay-at-home fathers or doing the daily household chores, the change has been very dramatic over the past 50 or more years. Maybe this is not a good thing when it comes to the sex life of these men, according to a study conducted by Sabino Kornrich of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid.

The study just published this week, reveals that the more housework married men do, the less sex they have. Findings note that married men who spend most of their time doing traditionally labeled female chores like such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, report having less sex than husbands who report doing more masculine tasks.

The study, which is in the current issue of the American Sociological Review states, is titled “Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage.” Based on data from Wave II of the National Survey of Families and Households, it was designed to examine the links between men’s participation in “core (traditionally female) and non-core (traditionally male) household tasks and sexual frequency.”

Men in the study reported having had sex an average of 5.2 times in the month prior to the survey, while women reported 5.6. However, both men and women in couples with more traditional household labor divisions said they had more sex. Findings also suggest the importance of traditional socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage.

The complete study can be read here: www.asanet.org/journals/ASR/Feb13ASRFeature.pdf