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« on: 25/10/2007 19:23:45 »
Hey guys i got a few questions about Hermaphrodites..They have male AND female sexual organs. Does that mean they can have a baby?
Does a Heramphrodite have to be a woman with a penis? or can it be a man with a vagina?
cause looking on wiki..ive only seen it to be women?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 25/10/2007 21:20:50 »
Many years ago, i knew someone who had a child born with both male and female sex organs. She was told she could choose what sex the baby would be.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 25/10/2007 21:53:01 »
I assume you are talking about humans, rather than other species (some species are naturally hermaphroditic, and the concepts of male and female would have no meaning there).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersexuality#Ambiguous_genitalia
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Ambiguous genitalia
Ambiguous genitalia appear as a large clitoris or small penis and may or may not require surgery.

Because there is variation in all of the processes of the development of the sex organs, a child can be born with a sexual anatomy that is typically female, or feminine in appearance with a larger than average clitoris (clitoral hypertrophy); or typically male, masculine in appearance with a smaller than average penis that is open along the underside. The appearance may be quite ambiguous, describable as female genitals with a very large clitoris and partially fused labia, or as male genitals with a very small penis, completely open along the midline ("hypospadic"), and empty scrotum.

Fertility is variable. The distinctions "male pseudohermaphrodite", "female pseudohermaphrodite" and especially "true hermaphrodite" are vestiges of 19th century thinking that placed "true sex" in the histology (microscopic appearance) of the gonads.

"True hermaphroditism"

With some conditions of intersex, even the chromosomal sex may not be clear. A "true hermaphrodite" is defined as someone with both male gonadal tissue (testes) and female gonadal tissue (ovarian tissue).

In 2004, researchers at UCLA published their studies of a lateral gynandromorphic hermaphroditic bird, which had a testicle on the right and an ovary on the left. Its entire body was split down the middle between male and female, with hormones from both gonads running through the blood.

This extreme example of hermaphroditism is quite rare.

Ovotestes

Although there are no definite reports on any true hermaphroditism in humans, there is, on the other hand, a spectrum of forms of ovotestes. The varieties range, including having two ovotestes or having one ovary and one ovotestis. This is often in the form of streak gonads. Phenotype is not determinable from the ovotestes; in some case the appearance is "fairly typically female," in others it is "fairly typically male," and it may also be "fairly in-between in terms of genital development."

Intersex activist Cheryl Chase (activist) is an example of someone with ovotestes.

Other diagnostic signs

In order to help in classification, other methods than a genitalia inspection can be performed:

For instance, a karyotype display of a tissue sample may determine which of the causes of intersex is prevalent in the case.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 26/10/2007 09:48:47 »
thanks guys!
 

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