A mother discusses the gender confusion in the birthing room when her adopted intersexed son was born, and how she attempted to save him from harmful genital reduction surgery and sex reassignment.
How do we know the correct gender of a child with an intersex condition?
We won't know the child's gender until she or he is old enough to communicate to us. We recommend that the child be assigned a gender based on our best prediction, and allow her or him to determine for herself or himself once she or he is old enough to do so.
Irreversible surgeries on infants should be avoided in order to give them the widest range of choices when they are older. Performing surgeries will not eliminate the possibility that our prediction turns out to be wrong.
What is intersex?
Technically, intersex is defined as "congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system." Intersex people a
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