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Reproductive System Diseases

  • By: Hueiwang Anna Cook Jeng & Roberto Carlos Mendez
  • In: Green Health: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Oladele Ogunseitan
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Geography of Health

The reproductive system is unique in its form and function compared with other organ systems in the human body. Two striking differences distinguish males from females in terms of reproductive system structure and function. The male reproductive system consists of essential (gonads) and accessory organs and glands (epididymides, vasa deferentia, ejaculatory ducts, seminal vesicles, and prostate gland) and supporting structures (scrotum, penis, and spermatic cord). The female reproductive system consists of essential (gonads) and accessory organs (uterine tubes, uterus, and vagina), external genital (vulva), and additional sex glands (mammary glands). The female reproductive system is also intimately involved with nurturing and developing a fetus, while the male's is not. Regarding function, the reproductive system exists mainly to sustain human survival from one generation to the ...

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