Disorders of sex development; DSDs; Pseudohermaphroditism; Hermaphroditism; Hermaphrodite
Definition of Intersex
Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Intersex can be divided into four categories:
The symptoms associated with intersex will depend on the underlying cause, but may include:
Ideally, a team of health care professionals with expertise in intersex should work together to understand and treat the child with intersex — and to understand, counsel, and support the entire family.
Please see information on the individual conditions. The prognosis depends on the specific cause of intersex. With understanding, support, and appropriate treatment, overall outlook is excellent.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 8/2/2009