Some babies are born with genitals that aren't clearly male or female. This type of ambiguous development is referred to as differences in sex development (DSD).
What Causes Differences in Sex Development?
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How is DSD Diagnosed?
How is the Sex of a Child with DSD Determined?
Sex of a child may be determined based on the results of several tests. A pelvic ultrasound, for example, may be performed to look for the presence of female reproductive organs. Chromosomal analysis is usually required to determine gender and sex of the child. Testing can also determine if there is potential for the growth of a penis if the child is determined to be male gender. An analysis of the actions of male and/or female hormones on the fetal brain may also be done. Additionally, preferences of the parents are considered.