The Reproductive System
The reproductive system ensures the survival of the
human species. Activated at puberty, the male reproductive system produces
sperm while the female reproductive system releases eggs that have been housed
in the female's ovaries from the day she was born.
The female reproductive cycle occurs every month
when the uterus builds up tissue to prepare for a fertilized egg, which will
grow and develop for 9 months into a baby. In the absence of a fertilized egg,
the tissue is released during menstruation.
Each day, the male reproductive system produces millions of sperm in the male's sexual organs, called the testes. The testes also produce testosterone, the hormone that gives men their masculine features like facial hair, deep voices, and larger muscles.
The different reproductive systems in men and women are active for many
years, prepared to carry out the ultimate task of making new life.