Reproductive system

The male reproductive system is a collection of body structures and tissues that regulate body development and function.

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Dr Ravind Pandher

What is the male reproductive system?

The male reproductive system is a collection of organs, glands and other body structures and tissues that regulate body development and function, sexuality and fertility.

How is the male reproductive system regulated?

Successful function of the male reproductive system requires an appropriate level of testosterone and production of sperm.

Health effects of the male reproductive system

Problems can occur with every part of the male reproductive system, and if something goes wrong in one part, it may affect function in another.

For example, both depression (in the brain) and low testosterone production (by the testes) can affect the erectile function of the penis.

Parts of the body that are not parts of the reproductive system can be affected by abnormal reproductive system function.

For example, if testosterone production by the testes is low, your mood and libido can be low, and your bones can lose strength.

Diseases that occur in parts of the body that are not part of the reproductive system can also affect reproductive function.

As examples, cardiovascular disease can affect erectile function and diabetes can affect your testosterone levels.

Reproductive system

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