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Guide to the Male Reproductive System

It would be a whole lot easier talking with your child about reproductive anatomy if you knew something about it. For example, do you really know what happens during ejaculation?

If you gave the following explanation, then there's no need for you to read any further: "Shortly before ejaculation, muscles in the testicles, epididymides, and vas deferens contract rhythmically. Sperm are pumped through the vas deferens and through the center of the prostate gland. In the ejaculatory duct, sperm mix with fluid from the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland to form semen. At the time of ejaculation, more muscle contractions pump the semen through the urethra and out the tip of the penis."*

For the rest of us, read on.

When we set out to tell you all about the male reproductive system, we realized that there was no need to write a new article because there are some excellent articles already out there. Here are just two of them:

From WebMD...

In the "Health & Sex" section of the WebMD website, you'll find The Male Reproductive System.

From Scarleteen...

To learn more about male "sexual" anatomy, read what teens are reading in Innies & Outies: The Penis, Testes and More.


*Explanation adapted from The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys, Lynda Madaras with Area Madaras, Newmarket Press, 2000. See Additional Resources for information on the latest edition.

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