4.2 Intersex: Breaking the Stigma

Intersex health is a complex and emerging field. The complete care of intersex individuals may require input from multidisciplinary teams, allied health, specialist physicians and primary care providers. There’s great many details and nuances that fall beyond the scope of this resource. In the following video, we introduce some of the issues facing parents of intersex infants.

Louise is a young mother who has come into the clinic concerned about the recent diagnosis of an intersex variation for her child.”

People born with intersex variations are different to each other and it is important not to have a blanket treatment option for all of them. Each person will have a different need and it is paramount to put their needs first, rather than the needs of societal expectations. The health of intersex people is often discussed and managed in tertiary centres with multidisciplinary teams consisting of paediatricians, surgeons and fertility specialists amongst others. It’s always a good idea to have referral services at hand, e.g. the Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria.

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