LIFELONG REPERCUSSIONSThe consequence of removing gonads is a lifelong dependence on hormone replacement medications, Stred says, and permanent infertility.Other physical issues are reduced sexual sensations, urinary tract infections and incontinence.
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.
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.
“The possible percentage chance of cancer is vastly overwrought,” says Stred, who specializes in pediatric endocrinology.
Zieselman says Odiele will partner with her advocacy group.
“I think her speaking out, having her voice added to the mix is going to culturally raise awareness in the mainstream,” she says, noting that groups such as the U. and the World Health Organization already condemn these surgeries as human rights violations.
An intersex individual can be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual.“It’s amazing to me just in the last two years to see the difference in how many intersex young people are willing and comfortable to speak out at earlier ages.