Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studied the relationships between married women’s autonomy and the regularity of their sexual relations.
Professor Michelle Hindin, the lead researcher of the study, said: “A very consistent pattern was observed across all six countries we surveyed.
“The more decisions a woman reported making on her own, as compared to joint decision making, the less likely she was to have sex and the longer it was since she last had sexual intercourse.”
According to the researchers, women who like to take all the household decisions can find themselves waiting 100 times longer for passion than those who do things jointly with their partner.
Such decision-making includes food shopping, daily and weekly budget, visiting friends and dealing with doctors’ appointments.
The researchers surveyed women from six African countries -Ghana, Malawi, Mali,Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe- who reported the more decisions made, the less physical intimacy they shared with their partners.
Survey participants were also asked to indicate the person in the household who typically had the final say on the following decisions: health care, large household purchases, household purchases for daily needs and visiting family and friends.
Researchers also examined socio-demographic and relationship factors such as age, wealth, parity, husband’s residence, and marital duration.
The majority of women participating in the survey reported sexual intercourse within the last month.
Carie Muntifering, a co-author of the study, said: “Understanding how women’s position in the household influences their sexual activity may be an essential piece in protecting the sexual rights of women and helping them to achieve a sexual life that is both safe and pleasurable.”
At the same time the researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore suggest the fall off in sex could be by choice, as women might be taking control in the bedroom too, protecting their ‘sexual rights’.
Famous actress Kim Cattrall, 55, widely known for playing headstrong Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, has spoken out in the past about her unsatisfactory love life.
‘I always had a sexy image, on camera, but I was not having a fabulous sex life,’ she said.
‘Everyone expects great-looking guys and women to be having great sex – that’s not true. It is one thing to have patience and build up a good sexual relationship, through love but, with some men – I would say, in my experience, the majority of men – it is just never going to happen,’ Cattrall added. [via Huff Post, Daily Mail and The Telegraph]