Being intersex relates to biological sex characteristics.
“No surgical treatment until (individuals) have psychological support.
That’s a model we can use.”Above all, Stred says there should be no surgery until an intersex child is at an age of consent and can weigh the benefits and risks.
Zieselman was stunned to find the surgery she had as a teen removed internal, undescended testes. Hiding the truth conjures up feeling like a freak.”A fear of non-binary bodies — not a pressing medical need — is often what drives surgical interventions on intersex children, says Sue Stred, a professor of pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Zieselman never had a uterus, ovaries — or cancer; she was intersex.“My story quite frankly is not unique,” says Zieselman, whose group’s No. When a newborn’s genitals do not appear “typical,” parents can be compelled to have their child undergo cosmetic surgery to appear more ordinary.
It will “help in raising awareness – and raising outrage.”Zieselman, now 50, had an experience as searing as Odiele’s.
At 15, a reproductive oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital told her parents she had a partially formed uterus and ovaries that needed to be removed so they would not become cancerous. When the married mother of adopted twin girls was 40 and struggling with a hernia problem, she obtained her medical records.“You wouldn’t do a nose job on a 7-year-old,” she says.A PASSIONATE VOICEWhen Odiele’s career was at the starting gate in 2006, she was slammed by a car that ran a red light on the streets of New York, leaving her with two broken legs and multiple fractures.The psychological repercussions of these medical procedures can also be devastating, Stred says.“There is a sense of betrayal when teens or young adults find out.As for concerns about cancer, Stred says there is not “good, long-term data” on whether someone with a condition such as AIS may develop cancer if testicles are not removed.