Intersex states are conditions where a newborn's sex organs (genitals) look unusual, making it impossible to identify the gender of the baby from its outward appearance.
Intersex individuals can have both male and female traits in some cases, making it possible for a person who is apparently a man to have female reproductive organs.
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intersex frequency which ranged from 0.5 to 5.2% in monthly field collections.
A good example of this, which will be discussed elsewhere on this site, is the intersex condition, five alpha reductase deficiency.
Persons with intersex states can be classified as a true hermaphrodite, a female pseudohermaphrodite, or a male pseudohermaphrodite.
Intersex males may have testes and a female-like vulva, or a very small penis.
Any abnormality in chromosomes or sex hormones, or in the unborn baby's response to the hormones, can lead to an intersex state in a newborn.
Intersex states may also be caused by a condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which occurs in about one out of every 5,000 newborns.
Treatment of intersex states is controversial.
Counseling should be given to the entire family of an intersex newborn.
Since the mid-1950s, doctors have typically assigned a sex to an intersex infant based on how easy reconstructive surgery would be.
Some people are critical of this approach, including intersex adults who were operated on as children.
Preves. Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self.
"Assigning gender to babies with intersex anomalies."
Biswas, K., et al. "Imaging in intersex disorders."
"Communicating with parents of the newborn with intersex: transcript of an interview."
"Advocacy." Intersex Society of North America.
"Support." Intersex Support Group International.
See also Intersex states; Turner syndrome.
This is not common among the intersex population.
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