INTERSEX: RARE CONDITION MAKES PEOPLE NOT TOTALLY MALE OR FEMALE
According to Shagalist.com,the married 44-year-old man from Zhejiang province, China, visited his local doctor with his wife in Yongkang where he made the shocking discovery that he had, all along, in fact been a woman.
After a full examination, doctors discovered that he had a full set of female reproductive organs along with a penis – which he said had given him an active sex life with his wife of ten years
The condition of being ‘Intersex’ affects one in every 2,000 births in the UK (although figures may be much higher) and there are an estimated 30,000 intersex people in the UK.
There are several known abnormalities that can lead to specific sexual ambiguity.
So called ‘XX male syndrome’ occurs in people who have two X chromosomes – one of which contains a significant amount of genetic material from a Y chromosome.
These people appear to be male, but are, in fact, genetically female. Typically, they will possess male sex organs, but these will often be underdeveloped.
They will also often develop breasts and maintain a high-pitched speaking voice.
In fact, biologists now recognise a host of conditions, both genetic and otherwise, which are labelled under the umbrella term ‘intersex’ – which replaces older terms such as ‘hermaphrodite’.
Intersex people may be genetically female, but physiologically male. Some will be true hermaphrodites, producing both eggs and sperm.