We know that it is important for our daughters to be prepared for their first period, but what about our sons. It is during puberty that they will experience their first ejaculation.
Even the word, ejaculation, is difficult for us to say out loud which is probably why we are hesitant to teach our sons about it. Ejaculation is when semen leaves the penis. Semen contains sperm and fluid from male glands located in the pelvis. This illustration might be useful to help you sons understand where the sperm and the fluid is coming from that forms the semen.
- Sperm is produced in the testicles and make their way through tubes into the pelvis.
- Along the way to the penis, sperm are rejuvenated with fluid from the two seminal vesicles and the prostate gland.
- Semen mixes together in the urethra (tube from the urinary bladder) and exits the penis during an ejaculation.
Puberty hormones are needed to help with sperm production and to get the male glands working.
Just as our daughter’s first period is an indication that her reproductive system has matured so that she can have a baby, our sons need to know that once they begin having ejaculations, they too can participate in baby-making. This should get their attention and lead to even more interesting conversations.