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. The 23rd pair determines your gender. Females have two X chromosomes, and males have one X and one Y chromosome.
hermaphroditism | Definition, Types, & Effects | Britannica
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. This is not because Cody is a female.
For example, the great majority of tunicates , pulmonate snails, opisthobranch snails , earthworms , and slugs are hermaphrodites. Hermaphroditism is also found in some fish species and to a lesser degree in other vertebrates. Most plants are also hermaphrodites.
For generations, children with male and female characteristics have been assigned a sex at birth. Is there an alternative? Parents, doctors and intersex adults share their experiences. Jack was born with both male and female anatomy, with ovarian and testicular tissue, and genitals that could belong to either a boy or a girl.
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