Lesson 1 Male reproductive system

  • The anatomy of the male reproductive system (ie. How the Male Reproductive system is and how it works)
  • The importance of taking care of your reproductive system hygiene
  • The basic health-related facts about circumcision 

The male reproductive system includes the penis, scrotum, testes, epididymis, vas deferens, prostate and seminal vesicles.  The penis and urethra are part of the urinary and reproductive systems.

the penis serves both to urinate and to ejaculate the sperm.

The penis has 3 parts. The body is the main part of the penis. The head of the penis is called the glans. The glans is covered by a flaccid, movable fold of skin called the foreskin.  Sometimes the foreskin is surgically removed (circumcision). The base of the penis that is attached to the pelvis is called the root.

Men’s intimate hygiene is a particularly sensitive topic because, unfortunately, fewer and fewer men tend not to take care of their bodies properly. 

Learn more about male reproductive system in this video: 

Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the human penis.   Circumcision is performed on babies and children as a religious and cultural tradition in Israel, Islamic World and also several Christian communities.

The WHO claims that male circumcision is one of the oldest and most common surgical procedures worldwide, and is undertaken for many reasons: religious, cultural, social and medical. WHO notes that studies have shown that circumcision can help prevent urinary tract infections, inflation of the glans and foreskin, penile cancer, some sexually transmitted diseases such as chancroid and syphilis, HIV, and from passing on HPV which causes cervical cancer to female partners. 

HOWEVER, circumcision should not be considered as a way to stop the spread of AIDS. 

Condom use is still the only effective method for preventing the HIV infection

As with any surgical procedure, circumcision carries a risk of postoperative infection.

In inexperienced hands, penile mutilation and even death can occur.  Furthermore, some studies have demonstrated that pain suffered by the baby after having bein circumcised might affect the relationship mother-baby and have long term negative effects on behaviour, affective and sexual life.   

Anesthesia  is strongly recommended in the practicing of circumcision

Circumcision has always to be practiced by medical trained professionals! 

Most European countries National Health Services do not provide non therapeutic circumcision. 

However, in certain countries religious circumcision is starting to be practiced.