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. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia.
What does it mean to be intersex?
Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US | HRW
Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. Intersex people are born with these differences or develop them in childhood. There are many possible differences in genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy, or chromosomes, compared to the usual two ways that human bodies develop. Some intersex traits are noticed at birth. Intersex people often face shame—or are forced or coerced into changing their bodies, usually at a very young age. Most surgeries to change intersex traits happen in infancy.
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.
Intersex people are individuals born with any of several sex characteristics including chromosome patterns, gonads , or genitals that, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights , "do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies". Sex assignment at birth usually aligns with a child's anatomical sex and phenotype. The number of births with ambiguous genitals is in the range of 0. The words used to describe intersex people are contested, and change over time and place. Intersex people were previously referred to as " hermaphrodites " or "congenital eunuchs ".