Know the truth and love your spouse the best way

Too often male-female differences are at the root of marital problems. The friction is not due to the fact that men and women are physically, emotionally, psychologically, and culturally different from one another, but from the fact that we don’t understand those differences or work to accommodate them in our relationship

In contrast, a marriage grows and thrives when a husband and wife understand and accept that God has designed them to be different and complementary.


The most obvious differences between men and women are physical but that isn’t what causes the most friction in marriage. Nevertheless, understanding that God made men and women different physically is important when two lives are blended into one. Let’s look at some of the physical differences between men and women:

  • Women live an average of 8 years longer than men.
    • Men are usually stronger and able to run faster and lift more weight than women.
    • Men have XY & XX chromosomes; women have XX chromosomes.
    • Men have a greater amount of the hormone testosterone, which increases their tendency toward aggression and physical activity.
    • Men lose weight faster than women due to the lower ratio of muscle and fat.
    • Men have a higher metabolic rate than women.
    • A man’s blood gives off more oxygen than a woman’s.
    • Women have greater endurance than men.
    • A woman’s capacity to exercise is reduced 2% every 10 years, whereas a man’s capacity is reduced 10% over the same period.
    • Men are often physically aroused by visual stimuli; women are usually aroused by touch, caresses, and affection.
    • A man’s skin wrinkles later in life than a woman’s skin.
  • Our brains function differently. The male is more left hemisphere controlled (logical) and the woman is more right hemisphere controlled (intuitive, emotional).
    • Men and women are anatomically different, for instance the man’s pelvis is narrow; the woman’s pelvis is broad for childbearing.

Again, these differences do not usually pose significant challenges to the marriage relationship, but they do underscore the fact that God made us, male and female, quite different from one another.

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