Explaining Anatomy

I had a blast in Carbondale (thank you all)!  People really responded to the time we spent thinking about how to explain concepts like arousal and orgasm.  In the anatomy lesson of the curriculum we’ve been did this summer, I have similar explanations for explaining the reproductive parts of the body.  I’m going to include the entire list here, but if the entire list is too overwhelming for your students choose 3-5 physiological parts to focus on per gender.  I would recommend reading over the full WEB MD definitions of these terms (click here for the worksheet Body Part Functions)- you may come up with better explanations!

Some general ideas I try to convey…

  • Women’s reproductive organs are inside the body and men’s are mostly outside the body.
  • It’s a system of tubes, canals, and storage centers that connect to one another.
  • They produce genetic information and try to bring it together. 

Vulva: The part of a women’s reproductive system that you can see.

Labia majora: Skin that protects the vulva

Labia minora: Skin that protects the opening to the vagina

Clitoris:  Skin and nerves that cause pleasure

Vagina (birth canal):  Connecting tube

Uterus:  Where a baby grows

Ovaries: Holds the eggs (holds women’s genetic information).

Fallopian Tubes:  Connects the ovaries and the uterus.

: A part of a man’s body that is used for reproduction, urination, and pleasure

Scrotum: A tissue sack that holds the testes.

Testicles (testes): Produces sperm (men’s genetic information)

Epidermis: Where sperm mature

Vas deferens: Brings sperm to the urethra

Ejaculatory ducts: a connector.

Urethra: carries urine and semen out of the body

Seminal Vesicles & Prostate Gland: Produce sperm energy

Bulbourethral gland (Cowper’s glands): Produces lubricant (makes things slippery)