WHEN Cody was born intersex, her parents and doctors made a decision. She still wonders if it was the right one. A decade ago, when a baby was born with both male and female physical characteristics, doctors and parents faced a difficult choice. Now, things are changing. Cody was born with a naturally occurring intersex variation. This means she has biological characteristics that are both female and male.
Disorders of Sex Development - Health Encyclopedia - University of Rochester Medical Center
Hermaphroditism , the condition of having both male and female reproductive organs. Hermaphroditic plants —most flowering plants, or angiosperms —are called monoecious, or bisexual. Hermaphroditic animals—mostly invertebrates such as worms , bryozoans moss animals , trematodes flukes , snails , slugs , and barnacles —are usually parasitic, slow-moving, or permanently attached to another animal or plant. In humans, conditions that involve discrepancies between external genitalia and internal reproductive organs are described by the term intersex. Intersex conditions are sometimes also referred to as disorders of sexual development DSDs. Such conditions are extremely rare in humans. In true gonadal intersex or true hermaphroditism , an individual has both ovarian and testicular tissue.
'We don’t know if your baby’s a boy or a girl': growing up 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.
When a child's gender is not clear at birth, the child has atypical genitalia ambiguous genitalia. This means that the genitals don't seem to be clearly male or female. You have 46 chromosomes in each cell of your body. These are grouped into 23 pairs.