Born With Ambiguous Genitalia

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Over 3.3 Million Intersex In United States


A small number of human anatomy posters and models on this website depict average male genitals and female genitalia. Real-world differences reveal significant vari­ance. About 1% of U.S. infants are born with atypical sex organs. (Worldwide, the ratio can be as high as 2%.) Among an audito­rium of 2,000 U.S. citizens, 20 were born with “ambiguous genitalia.” Two of those had gender “normalizing” surgery shortly after birth.*

An individual with ambiguous genitalia (herma­phro­dite misnomer, now termed Ovotestis) falls within the larger category of intersex, estimated to comprise nearly 3.3 million persons in the United States. Sometimes the term Variations in Sex Characteristics (VSC) is used, as is Disorders of Sex Development or Diverse Sex Development (DSD).

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