Disorders of Sexual Development Can Manifest Before or After Birth

Normal sexual development depends on a complex, orderly sequence of events that begins during early fetal life and is completed at puberty. Any deviation can result in infertility, sexual dysfunction, or various degrees of intersexuality or hermaphroditism. A true hermaphrodite possesses both ovarian and testicular tissues, either separate or combined as ovotestes. A pseudohermaphrodite has one type of go-nads but a different degree of sexuality of the opposite sex. Sex is normally assigned according to the type of gonads. Disorders of sexual differentiation can be classified as gonadal dysgenesis, female pseudohermaphroditism, male pseudohermaphroditism, or true hermaphroditism. Se-

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