The Male Reproductive System
posted by The Urology Team | May 1, 2017
The system in charge of hormones, sperm and all reproductive elements in the male body is the male reproductive system. There are important elements of the male reproductive system located both internally and externally, and they specialize in very specific functions.
What are these elements, their functions and their possible changes with age? Here are all the basics you need to know about the male reproductive system.
The male reproductive system has a few different functions:
These hormones are the basis for the reproductive system. They stimulate or regulate cell and organ activity through three primary hormones:
FSH deals with sperm production, while LH stimulates testosterone production, which continues the sperm production process. Testosterone is also a vital hormone for many male characteristics, including bone and muscle mass, strength, sex drive and body fat distribution.
The male reproductive system is made up of several structures, some external and some internal. External structures and their functions include:
Men do not go through menopause like women do. In fact, the testes are able to produce hormones well into old age. However, some changes to testicle functions can take place after ages 45 or 50, and especially after 70. Some men benefit from hormone therapy, though this can contribute to the worsening of prostate cancer or atherosclerosis. Men should receive tests before hormone therapy and may benefit from regular prostate exams when they reach these ages.
To learn more about the male reproductive system, or to discuss any questions you may have, speak to your doctor.
“The Male Reproductive System.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/male-reproductive-system#1
“The Male Reproductive System.” The Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/the-male-reproductive-system
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.