Good health is vital for a happy and full life. But with work and family responsibilities, men often overlook their own health and general health checks aren't always a priority for them.
Male sexual health is also an important part of general health. The male reproductive system plays and important role in many areas of well-being. knowing more about your body, how it works and what diseases can affect you is a vital step to a healthier life.
How it all works
The brain plays an important part in the control of the male reproductive system. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland both sit at the base of the brain and together 'trigger' the testicles to make sperm and male sex hormones (testosterone).
Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone and is needed for good reproductive and sexual health. Hormones are chemical messengers that are made in one organ and then carried in the blood to act on different parts of the body. Testosterone produces the physical changes that happen when young boys go through puberty. Testosterone helps the testes to make sperm but also is important for general health, including growth of the bones and muscles.
For more information, visit the Andrology Australia website
Andrology is the study of the functions and diseases specific to males, especially in the reproductive organs. It is the same as gynaecology in women.