and FSH secretion increases . and the rate of GnRH. LH.PUBERTY • individuals become capable of sexual reproduction • hypothalamus becomes much less sensitive to the inhibitory effect of testosterone.

• Before birth. .TESTOSTERONE • Major male hormone secreted by the interstitial cells of the testes. • After puberty. it promotes the development of the male primary secondary sex characteristics. accessory sex glands. testosterone stimulates the development of the male reproductive system and is necessary for the descent of the testes. testosterone maintains the adult structure of the male genitalia. • During puberty. and secondary sex characteristics.


a process that takes approximately 74 days. .SPERMATOGENESIS • Spermatogenesis is the formation of sperm cells.


it is termed IMPOTENCE.MALE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND THE MALE SEXUAL ACT • Erection is the first major component of the male sexual act. . • There is enlargement and stiffening of the penis due to engorgement of erectile bodies with blood. • When to attain erection.

. • This produces sensory action potentials that pass through the pudendal nerves to the spinal cord.MALE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND THE MALE SEXUAL ACT • Emission is the movement of sperm cells. prostatic secretions. forming semen. resulting in both sympathetic and somatic motor output. and seminal vesicle secretions into the prostatic urethra. mucus.

• Resolution occurs after ejaculation wherein the penis becomes flaccid. an overall feeling of satisfaction exists. normally interpreted as pleasurable. occur during the male sexual act and result in an intense sensation called an orgasm or climax.MALE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND THE MALE SEXUAL ACT • Ejaculation is the forceful expulsion of the semen to the exterior. and the male is unable to achieve erection and a second ejaculation. • Sensations. .