Overview of Differences of Sex Development
The conditions are listed in a ‘logical’ way, following the various steps in the process of sex development. Use the main picture of the ‘Story of Sex Development’ to help you understand the many ways bodies can develop.
|Genital difference (also called 'ambiguous')||Genitalia that looks less typical and when it is not clear to an untrained health care professional whether baby is a boy or a girl and further investigations might be needed||1/4500-1/5500|
|Clitoromegaly||A girl with clitoromegaly is born with a clitoris that is larger than usual||1/10000|
|A baby born with no testes in the scrotum||3/10 premature baby boys; in general 3/100 baby boys are born with at least one teste undescended|
|Hypospadias||When the opening of the penis (the urethra) is not at the tip but along the bottom shaft of the penis. There is a huge range of how hypospadias can affect someone, e.g, mild (the opening is near the tip) or peno-scrotal (the opening at the base of the penis shaft) or anywhere in between.Only children born with peno-scrotal hypospadias would be supported and cared for in a difference of sex development context.||1/3000 boys|