MALE SEXUAL ANATOMY
MALE EXTERNAL GENITALIA:
PENIS AND SCROTUM
- (A) Circumcised
- (B) Uncircumcised
- (C) Erect
- The penis (shaft) and scrotum (balls) are the external sexual organs of men.
- The glans is clearly visible in illustration (A) as the head of the
penis. The glans is usually covered by the prepuce unless the
penis is erect, except in circumsized men, whose foreskin has been surgically removed.
The glans is highly sensitive, as is the corona
that connects the glans to the shaft of the penis.
- The 'crown,' a ridge of flesh demarcating where the head of the penis
and the shaft join.
- Frenulum, Frenum
- A thin strip of flesh on the underside of the penis that connects the
shaft to the head.
- Foreskin, Prepuce
- A roll of skin which covers the head of the penis.
It is rich in nerve endings. Surgical excision (removal) of the
foreskin of men is called circumcision.
- Urethra, Meatus
- The opening at the tip of the penis to allow the passage of both urine
- A substance with the texture of cheese secreted by glands on each side
of the frenulum in uncircumsized men.
- The scrotum is a sac that hangs behind and below the penis, and contains
the testes (testicles), the male sexual glands. The scrotum's primary function is to
maintain the testes at approximately 34 C, the temperature at which the
testes most effectively produce sperm.
MALE INTERNAL GENITALIA
- Testes, Testicles
- The male sexual glands, the two testes within the scrotum produce sperm
and testosterone. Within each testis is a kilometer of ducts called the
seminiferous tubules, the organs which generate sperm. Each testicle
produces nearly 150 million sperm every 24 hours.
- The epididymis is a 'holding pen' where sperm produced by the seminiferous
tubules mature. The sperm wait here until ejaculation or nocturnal emission.
- Vas Deferens
- The ducts leading from the epididymis to the seminal vesicles. These
are the ducts that are cut during the procedure known as vasectomy.
- Seminal Vesicles
- The seminal vesicles produce semen, a fluid that activates and
protects the sperm after it has left the penis during ejaculation
- Prostate Gland
- Also produces a fluid that makes up the semen. The prostate
gland also squeezes shut the urethral duct to the bladder, thus preventing
urine from mixing with the semen and disturbing the pH balance required
- Corpa Cavernosa
- The corpora cavernosa are the two spongy bodies of erectile tissue
on either side of the penis which become engorged with blood from arteries
in the penis, thus causing erection.
- Ejaculatory Ducts
- The path through the seminal glands which semen travels during ejaculation.
- Cowper's Glands
- The Cowper's glands secrete a small amount of pre-ejaculate fluid prior
to orgasm. This fluid neutralizes the acidity within the urethra itself.
FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS
What's the average size of the penis? What are
According to the book Mandens Krop (which is translated from English,
but does not give the original title) the average is 15cm and 90% are between
13 and 18cm.
The records for
a fully functional penis are 1.5cm and 30cm.
Is penis size important?
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions on alt.sex,
and that's a shame, because it's really a pointless question. Penis size
is important if and only if you think it is. If you have sex with men and
you desire a large penis, then penis size is important to you, and
only to you. If you feel your penis should be larger, then penis size is
important to you, and only to you.
Many women report
that too many men are hung up on the size of their penises. The vagina
is only eight to thirteen centimeters long, and even a small penis can
touch every square centimeter within the vagina.
Can penis size be increased?
Yes. There are two surgical procedures to increase penis size-- the
Bihari Procedure, and Fat Injection.
The Bihari Procedure
consists of cutting the ligament that secures the base of the penis to
the body. This gives between one-half and two inches of increased length
to the penis; however, because the penis is no longer anchored to the body
an erection no longer points 'up.'
is the process of removing fat from the backs of the thighs and injecting
it into the body of the penis to make the penis thicker. Because the body
rejects a significant portion of the injection this procedure may need
to be repeated several times and each operation carries with it a severe
risk of infection.
How do I measure my penis?
According to Harold Reed, M.D., director of the Reed
Centre for Ambulatory Urological Surgery in Bay Harbor, Florida, this
is the correct way to measure the length of your penis:
First, while standing, get an erection. Okay, now gently angle your,
er, equipment down until it is parallel to the floor. Set your ruler against
your pubic bone just above the base of the penis, and measure to the tip.
Thats how the doctors do it.
My penis bends down (or left, or right).
Is there something wrong with it?
One-quarter of all penises bend in some direction and some bend downward
even when erect. Unless the bend is severe or causes you pain, there is
nothing wrong or abnormal about your penis. It should not interfere with
sexual intercourse. Some people report that a downward-bending penis is
easier to fellate.
In rare cases a condition called Peyrone's
Syndrome can arise from childhood diseases. This condition is caused by
scarring on one of the two corpora cavernosa within the penis, stunting
its effectiveness during erection and causing the penis to bend almost
90 degrees in that direction. If you feel this may be the case, consult
What is circumcision and why is it done?
Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the
penis. When performed in a hospital, it is usually done shortly after
birth by a doctor or midwife. Circumcisions are also given to Jewish
boys by a mohel in a ceremony eight days after birth. Some
Islamic boys are circumcised when they are older, around age 12. The
majority of American boys are circumcised.
Common reasons for circumcision
include: religious beliefs; better hygiene, "normal" or "better"
appearance, and "his penis should look like his father's."
Common reasons against circumcision include: it is no longer necessary
for hygienic reasons; it is a painful, barbaric practice; there is a possibility of
infection or surgical error; destruction of sexual tissue reduces sexual sensitivity;
"normal" or "better"
appearance; and "his penis should look like his father's."
What are blue balls?
Blue Balls is a real condition! The "correct" term for blue
balls is epididymitis, which is an inflammation of the epididymis.
In simple terms blue balls occurs when
the epididymis get blocked up with sperm that have left the testis but
not the penis. The vas deferns are the conduit for the sperm from the testis
to the urethra. When they get blocked you get pain. Why blue balls and
not "swollen balls," well maybe the connotation is that you balls
have the "blues", or maybe its because with all that swelling
some of the blood flow is restricted enough to cause some blueing of the
area because of pooling blood.
Why is the prostate mentioned so often during
discussions of anal sex?
The prostate is about the size of a walnut in a normal man, and is immediately
behind the rectal wall about three centimeters inside the anus. It can
be felt by placing one finger within the anus and feeling along the anterior
wall for a round bulb. For some men, touching or rubbing this spot is extremely
pleasurable; a rare few can even orgasm through this technique. Others
report that the touch is painful or makes them feel as if they need to
FAQ on anal sex answers this question in more detail.
Elf Sternberg firstname.lastname@example.org
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