Reproductive symptoms will differ for males and females due to anatomical differences in genitalia as well as hormonal differences.
For instance, a generalized infection of genital tissues may progress similarly in the underlying mechanisms in males and females, however, possible complications of the infection will be unique between women and men.
In females, the reproductive organs include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, the cervix, and the vagina. An infection, inflammation, or disorder of these organs can arise during specific conditions each with characteristic symptoms.
In males, the penis and urethra, the prostate, the seminal vesicles, the vas deferens, the epididymis, the scrotum, and the testicles comprise the sexual organs. Again, inflammation, infection, or a disorder will exhibit characteristic symptoms depending on the condition.
In females, common reproductive complications occur with the ovaries, typically increasing in incidence with age. Other common reproductive disorders in women are hormone level regulation and infertility.
In males, common complications involve the prostate, infertility, or difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection of the penis. Again, these conditions typically increase in incidence with advancing age.
Different reproductive symptoms or disorders are covered below where more specific symptoms can be addressed.