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    Ambiguous Genitalia is a form of intersex affecting 0.05% of the population,[1] causing them to have genitals that may have characteristics of wolffian and müllerian sexes or may be incompletely developed and appear androgynous due to it. The external sex organs may not match the internal sex organs or their chromosomes.

    Ambiguous genitalia may appear as a large clitoris, a small penis, fused labia, an empty scrotum, or a penis with a vaginal opening underneath.[2] Individuals with ambiguous genitalia can have any internal sex organs or combination of sex organs, they can have any chromosomes, and their bodies may produce either hormones during puberty.

    Infants with ambiguous genitalia are often given nonconsensual surgery to "correct" their genitalia and make them appear more wolffian or müllerian.

    Those with ambiguous genitals may also have an ambiguous reproductive system (ovotesticular), though this is often not the case for many intersex variations.


    Wolffian and müllerian sex organs develop from the same tissue. Whether this tissue becomes wolffian organs or müllerian organs depends on the chromosomes and the presence or absence of wolffian hormones in the womb. This means that atypical hormone levels and/or chromosomal abnormalities can cause ambiguous genitalia.


    Those with this variation of genitalia may be called 'hermaphrodites,' a common intersex, transsex, and altersex slur. Some individuals choose to reclaim this slur.


    Many cases of ambiguous genitalia have been around since Ancient Rome, and is seen prevalent in a mythological individual, Hermaphroditus, (previously Aphroditus), who is Aphrodite's son, and due to being forced to merge with a nymph, had ambiguous genitalia and similar intersex traits.


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