Primary Sex Characteristics
The term “Primary Sex Characteristics” refers to the specific anatomical structures that are directly involved in sexual reproduction and are present from birth or develop during puberty.
Types of Primary Sex Characteristics
  1. Male Primary Sex Characteristics

    These characteristics include the presence of testes, penis, scrotum, and the production of spermatozoa (sperm cells). Secondary male sex characteristics, such as increased muscle mass and deepening of the voice, are also influenced by these primary characteristics.

  2. Female Primary Sex Characteristics

    These characteristics encompass the presence of ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, and the ability to menstruate and conceive. The release of eggs (ova) by the ovaries and the production of female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone are key aspects of female primary sex characteristics. Development of breasts and widening of hips are associated with the initiation of these primary characteristics.