Reproductive System Learning

Information to Provide Students With In a Reproductive System Class

First, the nurse has to ensure that students understand the structure of the reproductive systems of males and females. The students must know various organs in the female reproductive system, like the uterus, vagina, urethra, cervix, ovary oviduct, and bladder. On the male reproductive system, students must be taught about the penis, urethra, sperm duct, seminal vesicle, testis, erectile tissues, bladder, and foreskin. The students must be taught the reproduction processes that occur in the systems. These processes include menstruation, erection, fertilization, conception, and birth (Rosdahl & Kowalski, 2008). Additionally, they must be taught how these processes relate to each other and reproduction. In the explanations, the nurse must inform the students of the roles that each organ plays.

Factors That Affect the Reproductive System

The nurse must identify medical, environmental, and biological conditions that affect the reproductive systems of males and females. Notably, medical conditions that compromise the reproductive systems of males include epididymitis, cancer and testicular torsion. Polycystic ovarian disease and endometriosis are diseases that affect the female reproductive systems (Hogan-Quigley, Palm, and Bickley, 2012). These conditions can affect the ways through which reproductive organs function or cause hormonal imbalance. Physical, chemical and psychosocial environments also affect reproductive systems. Reproductive systems are sensitive to changes in these environments. Other factors the nurse should identify include age, sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia, irregularity of ovulation, and drug use.


Rosdahl, B., & Kowalski, T. (2008). Textbook of basic nursing. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Hogan-Quigley, B., Palm, M., & Bickley, L. (2012). Bates’ Nursing Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.