Male Reproductive Dysfunction

by SC Basu

This book discusses the evolution of the study of male reproductive system, its various dysfunctions, and the treatment related to it. The knowledge of anatomy and physiology forms the basis of the treatment and thus these have also been discussed. Reproductive function of a male broadly encompasses three interrelated and synergistic steps, the spermatogenesis (formation of sperms), and regulation of the male reproductive functions and performance of the male sexual act. Various hormones and other factors regulate the primary reproductive functions. The male sex hormones also exert their influence on the accessory sexual organs, cellular metabolism and on other functions of the body. Function of the primary sex gland in the males (testis) is controlled by a complex neurohumoral mechanism with its epicentre at the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Erection and ejaculation, which constitute the delivery system, are controlled by the lumbosacral part of the spinal cord with complementary actions of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

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