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Can women with androgen insensitivity syndrome get pregnant?

Can women with androgen insensitivity syndrome get pregnant?

No: Women with androgen insensitivity do not have internal female organs-- no uterus or fallopian tubes. Their gonads are testes, not ovaries. Externally, they have the appearance of normal females, but do not develop pubic or underarm hair. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Do women with androgen insensitivity syndrome have normal periods?

Do women with androgen insensitivity syndrome have normal periods?

No.: During puberty, girls with androgen insensitivity syndrome don't develop secondary sexual characteristics that require testosterone such as axillary or pubic hair. Since estrogen is present, they grow breasts and develop a thin waist with larger hips, but don't have periods since they lack a uterus. Most often, lack of periods by age 15 or 16 leads to the diagnosis. They cannot become pregnant. ...Read more

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Are people with androgen insensitivity syndrome intersex?

Variable features: Androgen insensitivity may lead to a normal looking female or, with partial insensitivity, testicles may be present. If a female, she will be infertile. Go to pubmed health for more detailed information. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for androgen insensitivity syndrome?

What is the treatment for androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Can be Complicated: Complete ais isn't usually discovered until a girl fails to menstruate & has little or no pubic/underarm hair. No uterus, but those w/cais have intraabdominal testes which are removed because of cancer potential. Female by default as they can't respond to androgens in utero. Partial ai: babies are born with variable degrees of virilization. Assigning sex can be complicated. ...Read more

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What is androgen insensitivity syndrome? A genetic condition?

What is androgen insensitivity syndrome? A genetic condition?

Genetic: The androgen insensitivity syndrome is a genetic condition in which the cells of a genetic male (i.e. Born with an x and a y chromosome) do not respond to testosterone so that the patient develops the external bodily appearance of a female. ...Read more

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Why can't people with androgen insensitivity syndrome handle testosterone?

Resistant to it: There is a genetic resistance to testosterone which can be partial or complete. Go to pubmed health for a detailed explanation. ...Read more

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What is androgen insensitivity syndrome in simple words possible for parents?

XY baby is a girl: Without testosterone (t), all babies develop as girls. So a child with 1 x & 1 y chromosome, who would normally be a boy, would develop as a girl if no t was present. In androgen insensitivity syndrome, the t is there, but the cells are insensitive to it, and don't respond, so it's as if the t was not there at all. So an xy genetic boy baby is born looking like a normal healthy baby girl. ...Read more

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Androgen insensitivity syndrome issue. What kind of doctor should I see about this?

An Endocrinologist: Androgen insensitivity syndrome (ais) is when a person who is genetically male (who has one x and one y chromosome) is resistant to male hormones (called androgens). As a result, the person has some or all of the physical traits of a woman, but the genetic makeup of a man. ...Read more

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What does androgen insensitivity syndrome mean?

XY baby is a girl: Without testosterone (t), all babies develop as girls. So a child with 1 x & 1 y chromosome, who would normally be a boy, would develop as a girl if no t was present. In androgen insensitivity syndrome, the t is there, but the cells are insensitive to it, and don't respond, so it's as if the t was not there at all. So an xy genetic boy baby is born looking like a normal healthy baby girl. ...Read more

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What age do you suspect androgen insensitivity syndrome?

Puberty: Usually, xy babies are born looking like healthy baby girls. During puberty, however, they don't develop secondary sexual characteristics that require testosterone such as axillary or pubic hair. Since estrogen is present, they grow breasts and develop a thin waist with larger hips, but don't have periods since they lack a uterus. Most often, lack of periods by age 15 or 16 leads to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Greenly
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Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (Definition)

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is when a person who is genetically male (has one X and one Y chromosome) is resistant to male hormones called androgens. As a result, the person has some or all of the physical characteristics of a woman, despite having the genetic ...Read more


Androgen (Definition)

Androgen refers to a family of steroid hormones that are made in our bodies that are responsible for male characteristics, sex drive, muscle growth, sexual function, and fertility. These hormones are present in women in very small amounts and in very ...Read more