Intersex: What does it mean, and how are we all the same?

Intersex: What does it mean?

If you look up the definition of intersex in the National Library of Medicine you’ll likely find the following definition, “Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).” The term hermaphroditism has also been used in previous decades to define what some medical professionals refer to as a “disorder of sexual development.” As with all socially defined, and so called “disorders” you should consider this term as nothing more than a description. By no means should you feel generalized as person because society hasn’t adequately defined your specific situation.

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Feeling comfortable in your own skin can be difficult for all human beings.  It’s a global issue that isn’t just destined to plague those who may or may not need some medical intervention to feel comfortable with their bodies. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders are the most common illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults…” The ADAA also goes on to state that, “Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.” So, rest assured that you are not alone.

Communicating about issues that are personal in nature can be challenging. If you’re seeking support as it relates to being an intersex individual you do have some options. Professional counseling is always an option for any person needing assistance in working through a tough situation. Counselors may also be able to provide you with information regarding specific support groups and forums relative to your situation. The Intersex Society of North America also has a wealth of information to support anyone that is looking for more specific information on this topic.

Being comfortable in your own skin is a journey that all human beings embark upon. Mahatma Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Using your unique perspective, you can broaden the minds of those around you. Never be afraid to be yourself, because you never know who you may inspire. Being comfortable in your own skin is a collective journey that we all share.

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Purchased on: Thursday, July 6th, 2017

 

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