What is the Difference Between Men and Women

Men and women are much more alike than they are different in the grand scheme of things. However, there are some genuine differences in the biology, chemistry and mental make-up of men in comparison to women, and vice versa. Here we list some of them, in the hopes that the next time you’re tempted to make an assumption about the opposite sex, you stop and take some time to consider the facts.

Women talk more than men

While this may not come as a surprise to anyone, it doesn’t just seem like women talk more, it’s absolutely true. A woman speaks about 7,000 words a day; a man speaks about 2,000.

Men typically have darker hair than women.

If you think you know more blonde-haired women than men, you’re probably right. According to Joseph Hart, RN, director of operations at MAXIM Hair Restoration, “Men will typically have darker hair than their female counterparts, particularly once the individual has passed through puberty and this trend will continue with age.” Hart says this phenomenon is due to men’s higher levels of melanin, which influences people’s skin tone, hair color, and eye color.

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Men’s teeth are larger than women’s.

One might assume men’s teeth would be larger, as they are generally “bigger” human beings. Men’s teeth do in fact, tend to be larger, than women’s—especially the canine teeth

Men have bigger jawbones, cheeks, and eyebrows

What makes a face masculine or feminine? There are actually a couple of tangible factors that contribute to a standard masculine or feminine appearance. Kimberly Langdon, OBGYN, and medical advisor at Medzino Health says, “Men have bigger jawbones, cheeks, and brows while women have wider faces, bigger lips, and higher eyebrows.” A study published by Frontiers of Psychology found that eyebrow thickness, jawbone prominence, and face height was a prominent part of masculinity and perceived attractiveness.

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Men snore more than women

This fact is probably unsurprising to anyone who has spent the night beside a loudly snoring man. “Snoring, because it comes from your nose and your mouth—is typically more common in men due to abdominal body fat.” The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reported that about 40 percent of men are habitual snorers, while only 24 percent of women are habitual snorers.

Men process threats better

While women have a larger hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, which makes them more detail-oriented by nature, men have a large amygdala. Langdon says men’s sizable amygdala could be responsible for their stronger ability to process threats

Women need more iron

From about age 14 to 51, women typically need more iron than men. This is due to their loss of blood during menstruation, which typically happens in a cycle of 28 to 40 days.

Men have more mass, women resist fatigue easier

On average, men typically have more muscle mass than women. And those skeletal muscles are faster and more powerful. But women’s muscles more readily resist fatigue and are faster to recover.

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Different finger lengths

The second longest finger for most women is next to their thumb—the index finger. But men are the opposite. They usually have ring fingers—those next to their pinkie finger—that are longer than their index fingers.

Male babies can get erections in the womb.

From as early as 16 weeks old, fetuses have been observed with brief erections. While there are not enough studies to assert why this occurs, some point to the age-old “use it or lose it” theory— The Los Angeles Times reported that periodic movements are necessary to help the penile tissue stay oxygenated and healthy.

There is no correlation between a man’s foot size and his penis size

This myth has been passed around for many years, but a study published by BJU International decided to put this theory to the test. For the study, “two urologists measured the stretched penile length of 104 men and related it to show size.” The outcome? There was no scientific correlation between the two body parts.

The human penis may have evolved out of competition

A study published by Evolutionary Psychology suggests “the human penis may have evolved to compete with sperm from rival males.” The human penis, with a relatively larger glans and more pronounced coronal ridge than is found in many other primates, may function to displace seminal fluid from rival males in the vagina by forcing it back over/under the glans. As a consequence, if a female copulated with more than one male within a short period of time this would allow subsequent males to “scoop out” semen deposited by others before ejaculating.

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Men can produce milk

Have you ever wondered why men have nipples? The short answer is that nipples develop in the womb before the embryo becomes male or female, according to Healthline. It turns out men also have mammary glands—the organ responsible for creating milk. Although men can produce milk it generally only occurs when something is wrong, most commonly an interference with prolactin—the hormone needed to produce milk, according to Scientific American.

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Men get yeast infections.

While yeast infections are significantly more common in women—75 percent of women will have one in their lifetime—men can get one of these pesky infections as well.  Additionally, male yeast infections”can lead to a condition known as  balanitis—inflammation of the head of the penis,” according to Mayo Clinic. 

Semen is not just sperm.

Contrary to popular belief, sperm—the cell seeking the egg to reproduce—is not the only component of semen. “Most of the fluid in semen is made up of secretions from male reproductive organ. Semen contains citric acid, free amino acids, fructose, enzymes, phosphorylcholine, prostaglandin, potassium, and zinc,

Men’s diet effects their sperm count.

“A study of 250 men who had sperm analyzed at a fertility clinic showed that men who ate higher amounts of fruits and veggies, particularly green leafy vegetables and beans (legumes), had higher sperm concentrations and better sperm motility compared to men who ate less of these foods,” according to the University of Chicago Medicine. Other foods that boost sperm count include walnuts and fish. On the other hand, foods that can dilute the supply include processed meats, trans fats, soy, pesticides, and high-fat dairy products

Men also have a G-spot

It may not be as centrally located as a female’s, but it does exist. Men’s prostate—a gland between the bladder and the penis—is considered by many doctors and health experts to be the male equivalent to the G-Spot, according to Men’s Health. Allegedly, the outcome of arousing the prostate g-spot is a much more intense orgasm.

Men vs women brain

Men and Women have different brain structures

There are differences in the way male and female brains are structured, how they process information, and interact with chemical signals. Some examples: men have more information-containing gray matter, but women have more white matter, which connects different parts of the brain. Also, women have bigger memory centers than men.

Women are better without sleep

A woman’s circadian rhythm is more likely to be short of a 24-hour period. (They’re often six minutes short of a full day.) Men are more likely to be night owls. But women function better during periods of sleep deprivation.

Men and women use Different Fuel

During exercise, women’s primary fuel is fat. For men, it’s carbohydrates.

Women have testosterone also

An average adult female has about 15–70 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) of testosterone. An average adult male has about 270–1070 ng/dL. Every year after age 30, men’s testosterone levels drop about one percent. That doesn’t happen for women. But women do see their estrogen levels fall off after menopause.

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Adams Apples

Men have pronounced Adam’s apples. That’s because they have larger voice boxes that make the surrounding cartilage stick out more

Diagram showing difference in body fat between men and women

Different amounts of body fat

Men and women carry different amounts of body fat. The higher body fat in women—about 10 percent—mostly supports reproductive physiology. One example is when a woman’s body fat gets too low, she stops menstruating.

Diagram showing difference In body composition between men and women

Carry fat differently

Women typically carry their body fat in their hips and thighs. Fat tends to deposit around men’s stomachs.

Heart Rates

One study found that men have lower resting heart rates than women. But women have lower peak heart rates. Men’s heart rates typically rise faster during exercise and slow quicker afterward.


Men are less likely to seek regular medical checkups. And when they go to the doctor, they’re more likely to hide or lie about their symptoms.

Smell & taste

Women have better senses of smell and taste. They have 50 more cells (neurons) in their olfactory bulbs—the part of the brain responsible for processing smells. Women also usually have more taste buds than men.


The differences in the way men and women see the world is partly physical. On average, men are more likely to be colorblind, but their eyes also sense movement better. Women are able to distinguish small difference in color better.


Genetically, men and women’s DNA is 98.5 percent identical. They even have the same hormones. But the ratios of those hormones explain some of the differences between men and women.

Bone Mass

Both sexes hit peak bone mass around age 30. At 40, men and women start losing bone. Menopause accelerates bone loss in women. So, women 51-70 need 200 milligrams (mg) of calcium more than men the same age.

Men need more calories than women

The daily calorie requirement for men is higher than women. There are a few reasons for this: higher muscle mass, stature, and basal metabolic rate. Pound for pound, muscles burn more than double the calories fat does.

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Men’s skin is thicker than women’s.

This fact isn’t referring to the age-old idiom. Due to the amount of testosterone men have pulsing through them, their skin is literally thicker than women’s. “Androgen (testosterone) stimulation causes an increase in skin thickness, which accounts for why a man’s skin is about 25 percent thicker than a woman’s,” according to Dermalogica. Not only is a man’s skin thicker, but the texture is also tougher.

Male orgasms typically last half as long as female orgasms

While it may often be easier for men to orgasm than it is for women, once it happens, it’s usually only half as long. According to Medical News Today, the average male orgasm “lasts for 10-30 seconds,” while the average female orgasm “lasts for 13-51 seconds.”

Men stay warm more easily.

If you’ve ever looked at a group of male friends and wondered why they were wearing shorts in the middle of winter, their lower body temperature is likely a factor. Since men tend to have more muscle, they have a lower resting body temperature than women, which keeps them warmer, according to Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

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