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What is the definition or description of: ambiguous genitalia?

What is the definition or description of: ambiguous genitalia?

Intersexuality: Subject has external genitalia which do not clearly appear to be female or male. Subject may be born with characteristics of both sexes as in hermaphroditism or genitalia may be malformed or underdeveloped as in severe hypospadias.Subject with ambiguos genitalia may have external genitalia which do not match gonadal or chromosomal sex as in androgen insensitivity syndrome or in adrenal hyperplasia. Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Ambiguous Genitalia (Definition)

Subject has external genitalia which do not clearly appear to be female or male. Subject may be born with characteristics of both sexes as in hermaphroditism or genitalia may be malformed or underdeveloped as in severe hypospadias. Subject with ambiguos genitalia may have external genitalia which do not match gonadal or chromosomal sex as in androgen insensitivity syndrome ...Read more


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If you have a child with ambiguous genitalia what should you do?

If you have a child with ambiguous genitalia what should you do?

Right after birth: Most children are identified right after birth by a pediatrician. A pediatric endocrinologist and a pediatric urologist consult on these babies right away and follow long term. To not know the sex of a newborn is extremely traumatic for the family and may also be associated with other medical problems requiring evaluation and treatment before these babies can go home. Read more

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Could you have ambiguous genitalia but a male torso?

Could you have ambiguous genitalia but a male torso?

Yes you can: Provided there is some testosterone producing testicular tissue present. Read more

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Do people with ambiguous genitalia have periods?

Do people with ambiguous genitalia have periods?

Depends: There are many types of genital ambiguity. However, if a person has a uterus and ovarian tissue, then periods can occur even if they seem to have a penis. Read more

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Female genitalia cutting. Who does it and where?

Female genitalia cutting. Who does it and where?

Female Genital muti-: Lation. In the us it is illegal (felony) to practice female genital cutting below the age of 18. According to http://www. Womenshealth. Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/female-genital-cutting. Cfm#j it is done in the us. There are 28 countries in the world (africa & middle east)where female genital cutting is still practiced actively as well as countries in asia. Read more

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What is a complete female genitalia examination?

What is a complete female genitalia examination?

External/internal: A complete pelvic exam would typically include, after a history evaluation, a careful visual inspection and digital exam with fingers and a speculum - to accurately assess both the external and internal female vaginal, vulva, cervix, uterus, tubes, ovaries, and adj. Tissues. A pap test is freq. Done, as well. Occasionally, a sonogram is helpful. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Female genitalia?

What is the definition or description of: Female genitalia?

Female: A biological female has a vulva, vagina, uterus with cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries as well as breasts. These days people call themselves "female" and have male anatomy; but obviously they are not biologically female. Read more

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Is it possible for one person to possess both female and male genitalia?

Is it possible for one person to possess both female and male genitalia?

Rare: The condition you are asking about is called hermaphrodite. These people have both female and male genitalia. It is extremely rare. In my 35 years of practice I have never seen a person with this condition. Read more

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Why as a male, I'm not attracted to the female genitalia? Is it just the the way the genitalia looks?

Why as a male, I'm not attracted to the female genitalia? Is it just the the way the genitalia looks?

Consultation: First get a consultation with your physician. There are many factors that may need to be addressed. A blood test is a start and then determination of a possible hormonal imbalance. Your concern may be the initial entry into a problem that is affecting other parts of your body function for health that needs addressing. Read more

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Can people be born with both male and female genitalia?

Can people be born with both male and female genitalia?

Yes: If have both male and female complete parts called true hermaphodite. Read more

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Why do some people's female genitalia smell worse than others?

Why do some people's female genitalia smell worse than others?

Multiple causes: It could be infection, it could be hygiene issues, it could be a lack of fresh dry air to the vaginal area. Vaginal ph (acid level) may also effect the odor slightly. Recent unprotected sex will also cause an odor. I recommend no underwear to bed when not on your period, shower over tub, cotton panties over thongs and non cotton, and wiping front to back as a start. See you gyn if odor is new. Read more

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If a person is born with both male and female genitalia could they reproduce?

If a person is born with both male and female genitalia could they reproduce?

Its possible: Genitalia development depends on the chromosomes and exposure to testosterone. There is a sequence of events starting with the internal genitalia (ovaries, tubes, testes) that ultimately play a role in the development of the external genitalia (outer vagina or penis). If a female, for ex., has all of her genitalia and has an enlarged clitoris (may look like a penis), she could conceive. Read more

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What can cause random lacerations on female genitalia to appear?

What can cause random lacerations on female genitalia to appear?

Lichen sclerosis: I suspect u have lichen planus/sclerosis: ulcerations on the vulva-vaginal areas can occur because of lichen planus/sclerosis, which we don't know the cause--but likely some autoimmune mechanism. It can be sore, itching, irritated, scarring, and distressing to the woman afflicted. These are quite treatable conditions and so I would recommend consulting your doc for an evaluation. Good luck. Read more

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What hormones are responsible for the development of the female genitalia?

What hormones are responsible for the development of the female genitalia?

Genitalia: That is an unusual question for a 45 year old woman - the development is much earlier in life and menopause will kick in over the next 5-10 years. If you are a man looking for gender identity change make an appointment to see a Psychologist. Only if she/he agrees with your desire should you be referred to a clinician. Most such patients I see are much younger than 45. Read more

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Is the female genitalia supposed to have 2 openings besides the anus? Because I only have the very narrow opening which I assume to be the urethra.

Is the female genitalia supposed to have 2 openings besides the anus? Because I only have the very narrow opening which I assume to be the urethra.

Normal anatomy: Yes normal female anatomy includes urethra, vagina and anus. If you are able to urinate you have a functioning urethra. You may not have an opening to your vagina or in rare cases the vagina can be absent. Please see a board certified ob/gyn for an exam. Read more

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Is washing the genitalia with dettol a good idea? I am a 22 yr old female and have been doing this as it itches uncontrollably.

Is washing the genitalia with dettol a good idea? I am a 22 yr old female and have been doing this as it itches uncontrollably.

No! ↑es vaginitis: A crucial part of immune system strategy for preventing skin/mucous membrane problems is favoring growth of bacteria which out-compete other potentially harmful organisms. There is little evidence that antibacterial agents promoted to the public have any benefit over soap & water; indeed often? Problems. This is especially true for vaginal/labial tissues in which lactobacilli prevent pathogens. Read more

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Why do female patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia not have male internal genitalia?

Why do female patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia not have male internal genitalia?

TheyAreFemaleKaryoty: Females with congenital adrenal Hyperplasia severe variety may have large clitoris and external genitalia may look like male but they are Female Karyotype on Chromosome exam and internal organs are female It is due to exposure to high concentration of Androgens in utero Read more