Assessment of Intersex








Intersex Condition Con't

Individual with XY chromosomes:

As we all know a normal child with XY chromsomes is a typical male, but with Persistent mullerian duct syndrome, the child still has a male body (XY chromsomes) and also an internal uterus and fallopian tubes. This is cause by the body not producing a factor known as Mullerian inhibiting during the fetal development stage.

Other XY cases can lead to the following intersexuality:

Androgen insensitivity syndrome – this is due the body failing to respond to testosterone and the child then develops either partially or fully as females.

In cases where complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) happens, their tissues are totally insensitive to androgens. They will develop as females, with normal female external organs, but they will not develop a uterus or fallopian tube. This is because of the production of mullerian inhibiting factor by their testes. During the puberty stage the child’s breasts will develop normally but to due the production of estrogen by the testes, there will be not mestruation as there not uterus.

Comparing an individuals with partial androgen insensitivity and an individual with partial sensitivity to testorterone the tissues is reduced compared to the normal male. These individuals can develop with either female external anatomy, or male external anatomy, or some combination depending on the degree of insensitivity.

5-alpha-reductase deficiency – this is a condition where an individual have both the testes as well as vagina and labia. Although at birth the penis appears to be a clitoris but after puberty clirtoris will form what appears to be a small penis and it is capable of ejaculation. These individuals are usually raised as girls rather then boys.

However, at the stages during puberty their testes will descents, their voice will deepen, other male sexual identity will also develop, but there only be limited development of facial hair.

For other intersex condition:

Individual are neither XX nor XY chromomsomes
Individual with XX chromosomes



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