The Male Reproductive System
The male reproductive system includes the following organs and glands:
- Contains the testes, the sperm producing organs
- The location of the scrotum, outside the body, behind the penis, help to maintain the temperature, ensuring normal sperm production.
- Oval glands located within the scrotum
- Produce testosterone
- Produce sperm cells
- Produce growth factors that nourish sperm.
- Store sperm for about 3 months
- This is where sperm begin to mature
- Long coiled tube that lies beside and behind the testes
- Helps sperm mature fully (after the seminiferous tubules) and transports them to the vas deferens
- Sperm remain here for 2-12 days
- Long tube with thick walls, it runs from the end of the epididymis upward into the pelvis behind the bladder.
- Contribute the seminal fluid and produce the sugar fructose, which the sperm use to fuel their long journey
- Contribute additional fluid and important enzymes that cause semen to liquefy after ejaculation
- Located beyond the prostate at the base of the penile shaft in the urethra
- Adds a small amount of lubricant to the seminal fluid before ejaculation takes place
- The penis allows the man to deposit the seminal fluid into the vagina.
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