Penis Anatomy Mix-and-Match How Well Do Guys Know Their Equipment?

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Penis Anatomy Mix-and-Match How Well Do Guys Know Their Equipment? Photo by John Dugan

Head, shaft and balls: These might be the three penis anatomy terms that almost every guy knows. But the penis is more complex than this, and knowing what the various parts are and how they work together can help men to understand penile function and make better decisions when it comes to penis care. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be the only guy around that can rattle off little-known facts about the penis anatomy?

Guys can start out here by testing their knowledge of each of these structures. The corresponding descriptions are provided below, along with an answer key at the end.

The Terms

1) Corpus cavernosum

2) Corpus spongiosum

3) Cowper's gland

4) Ductus deferens

5) Epididymis

6) Glans

7) Prostate

8) Seminal Vesicle

9) Urethra

10) Frenulum

The Descriptions

A. For most men, this is the most sensitive part of the penis. Unfortunately, it's also the area that tends to become chapped and dry, particularly in men who have been circumcised.

B. This tube runs right up the center of the penis, and it's responsible for transporting urine out of the body. During a sexual episode, this pathway is diverted to allow semen to leave the body, instead.

C. There are two of these glands, and they sit close to the prostate. When sex is forthcoming, they secrete a fluid that's smooth and slippery that coats the head of the penis, allowing for easier penetration.

D. This small fold of skin holds a significant number of sensory cells, and it can provide intense pleasure during intimate contact. This tissue is also sometimes removed during a circumcision, often performed at birth.

E. There's only one of these glands, and it produces a significant amount of fluid that helps to nourish and support sperm cells as they prepare to be released from a man's body during ejaculation. This gland can also continue to grow throughout a man's life, and when it becomes overly enlarged, it may block the smooth movement of urine out of the body.

F. This column runs right up the center of the penis. It contains a stiff, fibrous tissue that is partly responsible for giving the penis its firmness and shape during an erection, making penetration possible.

G. This coil-like structure is a sort of holding reservoir for unreleased sperm cells. When they enter this area, they are not quite mature, and they can't swim yet. By the time these cells are released, they will have developed the whipping tail motion that allows smooth movement into an egg cell.

H. These long, cylindrical tubes run up the sides of the penis, and they fill with blood during an erection. Without them, an erection would not be possible. Once blood leaves these tubes (whether on ejaculation or otherwise), the manhood returns to its normal resting state.

I. These very small tubes are essential in the ejaculation process, as they make up the vessels that sperm move through when they are ready to exit the body.

J. These two sacks, located right above the prostate gland, hold immature sperm cells.

Answer Key

1) H

2) F

3) C

4) I

5) G

6) A

7) E

8) J

9) B

10) D

Applying that Knowledge

Understanding what the penis is made of and what all the structures are called can make talking with a doctor easier when problems occur. On the other hand, men who want to stay out of the doctor's office altogether may need to do a little more in terms of preventive care. A penis vitamin crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that is applied on a regular basis can help in this respect, nourishing all of the tissues that make up the manhood, as well as supporting skin that covers that vital tissue. Taking this extra step in terms of personal care could help men to stay both healthy and functional for many years to come.

Author's Profile

Visit for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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