According to research by Organization Intersex International, hermaphrodites (born with both male and female genitalia) "make up 1 in 2000, or .05%." Babies born as hermaphrodites happen more than the general public realizes or history acknowledges... so I seek for a better medical understanding of these individuals.
What typically happens to these babies?
- Is a surgery necessary for all hermaphrodites? Like is it physically possible for them to live full-lives with both genitalia?
- Do the doctors or the parents decide what sex the child will be? If so, on what basis is the gender/sex of the baby determined prior to the surgery removing the "extra" genitalia? Do they base it off of which genitalia is more developed?
- At what age of the infant do they perform these surgeries?
- Are the transgender and bisexual (LGBTQ) rates of those born as hermaphrodites the same/lower/more than others born with one set of genitalia? Are the surgeries reversible? Like if a person later on felt like the doctors/parents chose a gender that they don't identify with...
My questions are sincere and I apologize for my ignorance concerning hermaphrodites (which is why I try to seek answers) or if I lack the skills to phrase my questions in a proper manner. I know each person is different and complex, I am just wondering about what generally happens and the impact it has on their future. I apologize if I may offend anyone with my questions. Please forgive me if I do.