Intersex people are individuals born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes , gonads , sex hormones or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights , "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies". Intersex people were previously referred to as hermaphrodites or "congenital eunuchs ". It was the first attempt at creating a taxonomic classification system of intersex conditions. Intersex people were categorized as either having true hermaphroditism , female pseudohermaphroditism , or male pseudohermaphroditism.
'We don’t know if your baby’s a boy or a girl': growing up intersex
How common is intersex? | Intersex Society of North America
The Intersex Society of North America closed its doors and stopped updating this website in For current information, links to intersex support groups, and to connect with intersex advocates, please head to interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth. How small does a penis have to be before it counts as intersex? Below we provide a summary of statistics drawn from an article by Brown University researcher Anne Fausto-Sterling. Note that the frequency of some of these conditions, such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, differs for different populations.
Here’s What to Know About Having a Baby Who Is Intersex
First, take a deep breath. It can be scary for new parents to hear anything unexpected from a doctor once their baby is born. Unless something is hidden from view, right? Sometimes, a baby can have genitalia with some male characteristics and some female characteristics. Yes, sometimes the genitalia of a baby who has intersex traits is noticeably different.
Ambiguous genitalia is a rare condition in which an infant's external genitals don't appear to be clearly either male or female. In a baby with ambiguous genitalia, the genitals may be incompletely developed or the baby may have characteristics of both sexes. The external sex organs may not match the internal sex organs or genetic sex. Ambiguous genitalia isn't a disease, it's a disorder of sex development. Usually, ambiguous genitalia is obvious at or shortly after birth, and it can be very distressing for families.