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The male reproductive system

The male reproductive system contains these parts:

  • testes (pronounced "test-eez")

  • glands

  • sperm ducts

  • urethra

  • penis.

Shows the bladder, glands, penis, sperm duct, urethra, testis, foreskin and scrotum.

Testes

The two testes (one of them is called a testis) are contained in a bag of skin called the scrotum. They have two functions:

  • to produce millions of male sex cells called sperm

  • to make male sex hormones, which affect the way a man's body develops.

Sperm duct and glands

The sperm pass through the sperm ducts, and mix with fluids produced by the glands. The fluids provide the sperm cells with nutrients. The mixture of sperm and fluids is called semen.

Penis and urethra

The penis has two functions:

  • to pass urine out of the man's body

  • to pass semen into the vagina of a woman during sexual intercourse.

The urethra is the tube inside the penis that can carry urine or semen. A ring of muscle makes sure that there is no chance of urine and semen getting mixed up.

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