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Intersex

Intersex

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Being intersex is when a person is born with both male and female characteristics, and affects around 1 in 2000 people each year. This condition is not always recognised at birth, with some people experiencing problems when they reach puberty by developing gender characteristics outside their labelled sex. Traditionally, doctors and parents have decided on behalf of the baby which gender they will fit in to, but recent debate has brought forward the opinion that children should be allowed to grow up happily with both sexual characteristics before deciding for themselves. At birth doctors would perform surgery to leave the child with wholly male or female genital characteristics so that the child can grow as being either male or female. Sufferers who decide that they have either been labelled as being the wrong gender, or choose their own gender identity themselves later on in life can also receive surgery and/or hormone treatment to develop the gender characteristics they wish.

This condition is often linked to Androgen Insensitivy Syndrome where a person is born genetically male but whose genitals have some form of female appearance. This is due to a lack of sensitivity to androgen which helps to develop the male reproductive organs when a child is in the womb. Both these conditions are what doctors call medically sex development disorders and are different from conditions such as gender dysphoria, where a person feels that they are trapped inside a body with the wrong sex.

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I am not sure if I am intersexed but I know something has always been wrong with my body. When I was 10 I had an operation on my penis. and there was alot of talking behind closed doors at the hospital which I was excluded from. I developed large hips and bottom and grew breasts at 11 or 12 not full female ones but large ones.I am not overweight. I do not have any body hair or an adams apple.My voice has always been higher than normal for a male. My penis is very small and almost not visible when not erect. My mother later in my life said the medics told her that I was a freak (her words)but they were wrong she said, perhaps they were right. I did not follow this up as I was too embarrassed to speak about it. I have always hid my body and been afraid to go to the Doctors in case they criticised my body. Kids at school used to make fun of me. I did pluck up courage to speak to a female doctor a few years back, as I thought I may have Klinefelters syndrome or something similar and she did a blood test. Unfortunately I saw another doctor when I went back for results he was a pig he just shouted at me and made me feel 2 inches tall and said you do not have anything wrong don't waste our time. I suffered 2 bouts of depresson after that. I am now much older and recently had a lump in my breast and had to get it checked out.Why do males including doctors think breasts on men are such a joke? When he gave me the results he said "O you won't have to wear a bra and laughed at the top of his voice". Before I die I want to know if I have an intersex condition or not. The reason for this post is to ask if I am allowed to see my medical records of when I was 10 and the true results of the blood testI had later in life. I am a shy person and find it difficult to talk about my condition. It is probably too late now to do anything about it I just want to know. My shape has ruined my life I never go swimming or wear tight clothes.Or get involved in sports that require communal changing facilities.Are there any private GP's who I could consult who could carry out tests I dont have a lot of money but I really have to know.Knowing if I have a intersex condition or not would be better than winning the lottery.





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I am 100% biological genetic male with a normal penis normal testes scrotum but always felt something wasn't right I got genetic testing in october waiting for results even tho I always been told I'm not intersex I always felt something wasn't right is there a chance I could possibly be?





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Doctor some times I masturbat what is the side infect about that because am scared has a woman what is the side infect





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I am adopted. As long as I can remember I related to boys and all things typically male. I was told by my adopted mom that I had a small penis when I was born but that God had healed me. I met my birth mother when I was around 10,who later informed me that the doctor told her I had CAH and that I was in the hospital for a long time . I have only been to a GYN a few times in my life and after developing pain in my groin area last year , I inspected/explored the region .As a child, I had noticed 2 small lumps on either side of the clitoris . I had not mentioned them to my parents as they are very conservative Christians and at that young age I naively thought I had caused them by masturbating .I tried with out success to get my medical records .I went back to the last GYN I had seen,he became visibly agitated when I asked him what was causing my pain and what those 2 lumps were. He said he could not find any lumps and made me feel like I was crazy or stupid . I've worked for veterinarians and shown dogs for almost 30 years,the lumps felt just like testicles. I was able to get better health insurance and saw a doctor with Johns Hopkins. She had no trouble finding the lumps and sent me to a OB/GYN specialist with Hopkins. He spent less than a minute examining me and sent me for a CAT SCAN of my pelvis. I am concerned with how my friends, coworkers and parents will treat me since I am in my 40s





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I was born male and raised male but have always felt more in common with females, after a really painful year of coming to terms that I am transsexual and realising the only way for me to be truely happy is to live my life as a woman and starting to be happy with myself and what the future holds for me. The only problem is that I have this scar which is vagina shaped between my anus and scrotum and I asked my parents years ago when I was 20 and the assured me I was born normal, I accepted this to be true cos they are my parents, but now at 39 I have taken a photo of this scar and by the look of it there is no other explanation other than I was born intersexed, i need to find out for certain if i am intersexed, I would appreciate any help you could give to finding the truth





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Hi, I have ks47xxy. I was born a male but like others have said have female breats and nipples no hair on my body almost like it that way elongated bones no adams apple have normal sized penis ed but am taking anti fungal creams and complimentary therapies for this and have been using such for decades have womens hips smooth buttacks and hole like females have in backside but a male face was born in 1949 and wouldn't change any characteristic about for the world. My main hormone is estrogen but get testosterone or most of it in a jag every 3 months, it used to be once a month for 47 years. Anybody else like me, love to hear from you.





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What options are there for seeking help for intersex an d ais





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well i came out as being a woman in a if it body and im not joking i have breasts female hips cant grow hair on my body like normal men but i have male genitals i have large hands like a man and i have very large feet but im only 5"9 ive been so scared of what my boby telling me but i know im a woman anyone the same





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I was watching the episode on Wakestock, but was so sleepy I did not make a mental note of the name of the artist who was proud to share their experience of intersex. I was very inspired, but would be interested in their work and possibly get in contact. There was also the comment made that they wished for an opportunity to express more femininity-I would love to have a discussion about period re-enactment from another perspective as many people express both the masculine and feminine qualities through the historical context creating an interesting discussion of what actually is masculine or feminine in the modern context. It is a very interesting topic for discussion. I personally am non sexual, which is also misunderstood and not within mainstream society or cultural knowledge, so there is the ultimate goal of being accepted for who one is as opposed to a gender specific role expected by culture and society in order to fit in. It opens up all sorts of possibilities and opportunities for artistic expression.





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I was born with androgen insensitivity. Doctors thought it'd be easier for me to be put on hormone therapy and experience multiple genital surgeries than to let me live as a man with a smaller than average penis. I never identified as a female and finally found out about my AIS at 19. I actually had sue hospitals for my medical records because they refused to release them to me. Took 2 years and $12,000 just found out about my own health. I've been living as the man I was born as for over a decade now. I can't afford reassignment surgery and without it, I can't legally change my gender to male. Ironic, isn't it? Utterly ridiculous that people have to go through genital surgery to be accepted by society.





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I'm going through the same problem. It's horrible, I tell ya. I even have severe medical problems down there and they still won't do the surgery. Figures..


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