Intersex is an umbrella term referring to a health condition, often present at birth, involving anatomy or physiology that differs from societal expectations of male and female. Intersex conditions can affect the genitals, the chromosomes and/or secondary sex characteristics. Although intersex conditions are generally apparent at birth, sometimes it does not become evident until puberty, when unexpected secondary sexual characteristics arise.
People who are born intersex have unique medical, ethical, and surgical concerns that require sensitivity. Like many LGBT patients, especially transgender persons, intersex patients may share similarities in experiences of discrimination and misunderstanding within society and the healthcare system.
Intersex Organizations & Resources
Resources for Providers
- Consortium on the Management of Disorders of Sex Development. Clinical guidelines for the management of disorders of sex development. Intersex Society of North America; 2006. Download.