Chinese man finds out he has ovaries, uterus after 20 years
A man in China is shocked to learn he is intersex after seeking help for a recurring urinary problem for the past 20 years. Chen Li, 33, got the shock of his life after learning he had ovaries and a uterus and that the persistent urination problems he was facing were actually menstruation, local Greek media reported.
Chen from China’s Sichuan province underwent surgery to correct irregular urination during puberty. Since then, he had suffered from recurring blood in his urine for over 20 years. Last year, during a medical checkup, Chen discovered the true cause of his condition. Chen had female sex chromosomes. His monthly experience of blood in his urine and abdominal pain were actually caused by menstruation, Greek Reporter reported.
After identifying as male for 33 years, Chen went to a hospital in Guangzhou that treats genital problems because the outcome of the checkup was troubling to him. Chen requested the removal of his female reproductive organs from Guangzhou Hospital. He underwent a three-hour surgery on June 6 and was released from the hospital 10 days later. Although the man had male external sex organs, he was actually born intersex, meaning he had female sex chromosomes, ovaries and a uterus, Greek Reporter reported.
The term “intersex” is used for a variety of conditions in which a person’s chromosomes, reproductive organs, and sexual anatomy do not fit into the standard categories of male or female. In the past, intersex people were called “hermaphrodites.” The term “hermaphrodite” is no longer used and is widely regarded as pejorative. Intersex individuals can have any combination of chromosomes and reproductive organs. Due to the fact that many variations of intersex may never be discovered unless a health problem presents itself later in life, as in Li’s case, actual numbers of intersex people may be much higher than current officially reported numbers, Greek reported. reporter .
Hermaphroditic animals – usually invertebrates such as worms, bryozoans (moss animals), trematodes (flounders), slugs, snails and barnacles – are usually parasitic, slow-moving or permanently attached to another animal or plant.
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