pseudohermaphroditism; hermaphrodite; intersexual
person born with both male and female sex organs. This is a
vague, confusing and inaccurate definition. There are 3 labels
of Hermaphrodites: True, Male pseudo and Female Pseudo. All
are equally genuine. Intersexual - A term referring to being
of both sexes.
A person born with both ovary and testicular tissue, this
could be 2 separate gonads ( one of each) or a combination of
both in one (an ovotestes). The genitalia can vary from
completely male or female, to a combination of both or even
ambiguous looking. The chromosome (karotype) compliment can be
XX (female), XY (male), XX/XY (mosaic) or even XO (extremely
rare). Those XX with female genitalia are raised female ( some
have even given birth). Those XY with male genitalia are
raised male ( a few have fathered children). The children born
XX/XY or XO (with genitalia male or female are raised in the
sex they look most like) ,Those born with ambiguous genitalia
have many medical tests for the doctors to determine which sex
they should be assigned. Doctors then recommend early surgery
to make the child look physically like the sex assigned to
The causes are not known, The medical community does know this
is a very rare condition but do not have accurate figures to
how many people have this condition (depending on the
literature between 350-450 known cases).
A person born XX with normal female internal organs but with
"masculanized" genitalia. They can appear more male
then female or a combination of each.
The most common is Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) it
occurs approximately 1:14,000 births. This is when the adrenal
glands overproduce testosterone.
A person born XY with testes. The external genitalia are usually female but can be
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