A young lady has voiced out to be intersex after she claimed she hasn’t witnessed a blood flow all her life but has gathered the strength to come out to the public to reveal her identity.
The young lady @desire_rsa on Twitter said she had been wanting to speak freely about this since 2016 when she was 20 years old. ” I have finally gathered the courage to do it. Typing this in itself is very scary but I know this is the right thing to do for myself and for all the people all over the world who are like me”, she said.
According to her, when she clocked 20, she decided to visit a gynaecologist for the first time out of concern of not responding to puberty features like one who belongs to the feminine gender.
In her words; “I had never ever had a period in my life. I always thought it would come but it never did…till this day.”
According to her after countless tests, scans and Dr consultations, she was diagnosed with a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS).
According to MedlinePlus, 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 of the physical traits of a woman, but the genetic makeup of a man.
In the statement she made, she said XX chromosomes are found in ‘females’ whilst XY chromosomes are found in ‘males’.
She further said she has XY chromosomes, like males and was not also born with a uterus. “Instead, I had internal tests. So I was born with balls lol except they never dropped but stayed inside my body.”
“My body never responded to the XY chromosomes and testosterone which my body was producing which is why when I was born, I was externally 100% female. Nobody knew that I was genetically ‘male’ until I decided to go to the doctor at the age of 20.”
“No, I’m not a man. I’m a woman. For clarity, my pronouns are she/her and I am an intersex woman.
She continued that she is not attracted to women but have always been attracted to men before her diagnoses and also do not have a penis but looks 100% female phenotypically, just not genetically.
“My hope in coming out is to raise awareness that life is not black and white. Not every woman has a period. Not every woman can get pregnant. Not everyone conforms to what you know about biology or what your religion prescribes.
“From this day onwards, I want to be intersex and not be ashamed about it. I would also like to raise awareness about it. There are as many intersex people as there are people with red hair. Yes, chances are you’ve probably interacted with an intersex person before !
“I would like to urge and encourage you all to stop viewing the world from a heteronormative perspective. There is diversity in genetics. The same diversity is found in the animal kingdom.”
This is me coming out as an intersex woman— DESIREE (RSA) (@desiree_rsa) April 30, 2021
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