I am looking for more and more ways to teach our sons about their body. Although the changes during puberty are equally as important to a boy as they are to a girl, it seems that there is not the same emphasis on making sure they are informed.
For example, what does your son know about his prostate gland and seminal vesicles. These two important glands are located in his pelvis. They provide fluid that is high in nutrients and other important substances that help sustain the sperm on their journey to the penis. After their fluid is released into the tube that transports the sperm, the new mixture of sperm and fluid is called semen. Semen is what is released from the penis during an ejaculation.
These important glands begin producing their fluid during puberty because they require a hormone, testosterone, to wake them up and support them throughout the life of your son. Once he begins to experience ejaculations, he has reached sexual maturity and so they provide an important marker for this milestone in his life. They can also create some difficulty for him during puberty because he might experience wet dreams, nocturnal emissions, resulting in unexpected ejaculations while he is sleeping.
I describe these glands and their function in my book, I’m a Boy, Hormones! If you son is 11 years old or older, this would be a great resource for him.