Male Reproductive Anatomy
Bladder: A muscular, elastic pouch that serves to store and expel urine
Epididymis: Tightly coiled, very small tubes covering the back and sides of the testis, where sperm are stored and mature after leaving the testis before they are transported to the vas deferens.
Ejaculatory Ducts: The two ejaculatory ducts each receive sperm which is emptied into the urethra.
No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy: A safe and effective vasectomy procedure that does not use a needle or a scalpel. When performed by Vasectomy Docs, your vasectomy is typically completed in 15 minutes with minimal to no discomfort.
Prostate gland: Located next to the bladder, it contributes to seminal secretions and is where the ejaculatory ducts and the urethra join.
Scrotum: The sac that contains the testicles, epididymi, and vas deferens
Semen: The combination of sperm, seminal vesicle fluid and glandular fluid released by the urethra when a man ejaculates; normally a mixture of less than 1% sperm and 99% seminal fluid. The sperm swim in the semen.
Seminal vesicle: A sac near the end of each vas deferens that produces the fluid that mixes with sperm and is ejaculated by a man at sexual climax. It transports and nourishes the sperm.
Sperm: The male reproductive material that fertilizes a female egg.
Testes/testicles: Located in the scrotum, these are the male reproductive glands that produce sperm and testosterone. The cells that make testosterone are separate from those that make sperm. The testosterone producing cells are not affected by a vasectomy because testosterone is released into the blood stream, not into the vas deferens
Urethra: The passageway running from the bladder to the tip of the penis, which carries urine and semen outside the body.
Vas deferens: The two muscular tubes that carry sperm from the epididymis to the urinary tract and out the urethra.
Vasectomy: A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure to stop the discharge of sperm. A vasectomy is a permanent form of male contraception. The word “vasectomy” refers to
‘Vas’ – a shortened version of the words vas deferens. It transports sperm from the tail of the epididymis to the ejaculatory ducts. There is one vas on each side of the scrotum.
‘–ectomy’– a Greek work meaning to cut or remove.
Vasectomy Reversal: An advanced and delicate micro-surgical procedure where the urological surgeon reconnects the vas tubes so that sperm is able to pass through them once again.
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