Human Male Reproductive System
Male Reproductive System: 3D visualization of the male reproductive system reconstructed from scanned human data. Remaining dormant until puberty, the ultimate goal of the male reproductive system is to produce and deliver the male gamete, sperm to the female where fertilization can occur. The male gonads, the testes, serve two functions: to manufacture motile sperm and produce male sex hormones. The accessory ducts serve to aid in the delivery of sperm from its production site to the exterior of the body. These accessory structures include the epididymis, ductus deferens and urethra. Accessory glands, such as the prostate, seminal vesicles, bulbourethral glands serve to produce semen which is made up of proteins which facilitate the motility of sperm.
The male reproductive system consists of a number of sex organs that form a part of the human reproductive process. In this type of reproductive system, these sex organs are located outside the body, around the pelvic region.
The main male sex organs are the penis and the testicles which produce semen and sperm, which, as part of sexual intercourse, fertilize an ovum in the female's body; the fertilized ovum (zygote) develops into a fetus, which is later born as a child.
Corresponding equivalent among females is the female reproductive system.
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