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Male Reproductive Organ Anatomy

Overview

The male reproductive system is a network of external and internal organs that function to produce, support, transport, and deliver viable sperm for reproduction. Prenatally, the male sex organs are formed under the influence of testosterone secreted from the fetal testes; by puberty, the secondary sex organs further develop and become functional. Sperm is produced in the testes and is transported through the epididymis, ductus deferens, ejaculatory duct, and urethra. Concomitantly, the seminal vesicles, prostate gland, and bulbourethral gland produce seminal fluid that accompany and nourish the sperm as it is emitted from the penis during ejaculation and throughout the fertilization process (see image below).

Male reproductive organs, sagittal section.

Male reproductive organs, sagittal section.

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