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Disorders of Sex Development

Disorders of Sex Development services at Alder HeyDisorders or differences of sex development (DSD) are a group of conditions in which the reproductive organs and/or the genitals do not develop as expected. There are a wide range of conditions which fall under the umbrella term of DSD.

These can include:

  • Androgen insensitivity (complete or partial)
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Complete/partial/mixed gonadal dysgenesis,
  • Cloaca
  • Hypospadias (usually described as severe with undescended testicles noted at birth)
  • MRKH
  • Vaginal atresia
  • Turner’s syndrome
  • Swyer syndrome (46,XY gonadal dysgenesis)
  • 5-alpha reductase deficiency (5-AR deficiency)
  • 46,XY micropenis
  • Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY)

You can read further information about how DSDs on the About Kids Health website.

In the past, the term “intersex” was commonly used for conditions which most doctors now call DSDs. Many support and advocacy groups still prefer the term intersex to DSD. Contact details for some of these groups are also available.

It’s all about U – listen to the podcasts

‘It’s all about U’ is a podcast dedicated to exploring the problems faced by children and young people with urological conditions and those with differences of sex development.

We will be talking about medical, social and psychological problems, faced by children and parents everyday. The aim is provide information, share experiences and signpost young people and their families to other places for support.

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