MALE SEXUAL SPHERE
The male genito-urinary apparatus is composed by a series of anatomical districts and structures in charge of both reproduction and urination (elimination of urine). It consists in the testicles, i.e. the male gonads, enclosed within an ovoid structure called scrotum. The function of these structures is the formation and transportation of sperms inside the seminiferous tubules.
Around the seminiferous tubules are cells (interstitial Leydig cells) in charge of secreting testosterone. Once produced, sperms enter the sperm ducts where they mature and later reach the ejaculatory tracts and then the urethra. The urethra is the tube extending from the bladder along the penis and it allows discharge of urine and semen. Finally, the penis is the copulatory apparatus, almost cylindrical in shape, terminating with the glans where the final part of the urethra is located. Along the penis are also other structures surrounding the urethra, called corpora cavernosa, that when filled with blood lead to an erection. A very important gland part of this apparatus is the prostate, with the function of producing seminal liquid, essential to convey sperms. If inflamed or swollen, interferences occur with both the physiological functionality of urinating as well as with the capability of having sexual intercourse.
Maintaining these apparatuses in good health is therefore essential for the body’s general health and is also functional to ensure a normal sexual life. As is well known, problems related to deficiencies in this area cause psychological issues as well, particularly in young men.