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When people say “male reproductive anatomy,” they’re usually talking about the penis and scrotum, plus the organs inside them.

Everyone’s “package” looks a little different, but they all have the same parts:

  • Glans: the head or tip of your penis.

  • Shaft: the tube from the base to the tip of your penis.

  • Foreskin: the fleshy piece of skin that covers the head of the penis. Some people’s foreskin is removed with a small surgical procedure called circumcision.

  • Frenulum: where your foreskin meets the underside of your penis. If you’re circumcised, part of the frenulum is usually still there.

  • Scrotum: the sack of skin that hangs below your penis and holds your testicles.

The inside reproductive parts include:

  • Testicles (balls): egg-shaped glands inside your scrotum that make sperm and hormones.

  • Epididymis: tubes that store sperm until they’re mature and ready to come out during ejaculation.

  • Vas Deferens: tubes that carry sperm from your epididymis to your seminal vesicles.

  • Seminal Vesicles: small organs that make semen (cum).

  • Prostate Gland: makes a fluid in semen that helps your sperm move.

  • Cowper’s (bulbourethral) glands: make a fluid called pre-ejaculate (pre-cum) to get your urethra ready for ejaculation (coming).

  • Urethra: the tube that carries pee, pre-ejaculate, and semen out of your body.

  • Cremaster: the muscle that moves your scrotum and testicles closer to your body. It helps keep your testicles and sperm at a healthy temperature.

Some people have these parts but don’t identify as male — they may identify as female or another gender. Or they might not feel like they fit into any gender category. Read more about gender identity.

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