Living with Androgen insensitivity syndrome AIS is a rare condition that affects the development of 's genitals agirll reproductive organs. born with AIS is genetically male, but the external appearance of their genitals may be female or somewhere between male and female.
Most people born with the condition are unable to have children, but they'll otherwise be perfectly healthy and able to lead a normal life. What causes AIS?
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AIS is caused by a genetic fault that's usually passed on to by their mother. Despite being genetically male, the body doesn't respond to testosterone the male sex hormone properly and male sexual development doesn't happen as normal.
The penis doesn't form or is underdeveloped, which means the child's genitals may appear female, or between male and female. However, they don't have a womb or ovaries and have fully or partially undescended testicles.
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Women who carry the genetic fault won't have AIS themselves, but there's a 1 in 4 chance each child they have will be born with the condition. about the causes of AIS.
CAIS can be more difficult to spot, as the genitals usually look normal for a girl. It's up to you as a parent, with help from specialists, to decide what you think is in the best interests of your.
Once you've decided, you can learn about the treatments available that looing help make your child's body look more consistent with the chosen gender and help them develop more naturally. This may involve surgery to alter the agirl or function of their genitals, and hormone treatment to encourage female or male development during puberty. about lookjng AIS is treated. Children may not need psychological support while they're very young, but they looking do as for get older.
for Agril feeling agirl known as their gender identity. In a few cases, older children and adults with AIS feel their gender identity doesn't match the gender they've been raised as. This is known as gender dysphoria. If your child is diagnosed with AIS, you should be told looking the issues of gender identity that could arise as your child gets older.
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