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male reproductive system

male reproductive system

Posterior aspect of cartilages and ligaments of the larynx.


The male reproductive system, like that of the female (see female reproductive system), consists of those organs whose function is to produce a new individual, i.e., to accomplish reproduction. This system consists of a pair of testes and a network of excretory ducts (epididymis, ductus deferens (vas deferens), and ejaculatory ducts), seminal vesicles, the prostate gland, the bulbourethral glands, and the penis.

 


Male sexual response and hormonal control

The male sexual response includes erection and orgasm accompanied by ejaculation of semen. Orgasm is followed by a variable time period during which it is not possible to achieve another erection.

 

Three hormones are the principle regulators of the male reproductive system. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulates spermatogenesis; luteinizing hormone (LH) stimulates the production of testosterone; and testosterone stimulates the development of male secondary sex characteristics and spermatogenesis.

 

See also:

 

  • testes
  • duct system
  • accessory glands