Some people are born with a mix of male and female biological traits, which can make it hard for doctors to assign them a male or female sex at birth. These people are intersex. Being intersex is not the same thing as being transgender.
Being intersex is often caused by one of many genetic or hormonal conditions, but it isn’t a medical problem. It’s also more common than most people realize. Some people know their child is intersex at birth. But many people don’t find out they’re intersex until they go through puberty, or even later. Learn more about intersexuality and puberty.
If you’re intersex, or think you might be, it’s important to talk with a doctor you’re comfortable with. But not all doctors are up to date with the latest information on intersex conditions. You can learn more about intersex on our website or check out InterACT, a network for intersex teens and young adults.