Genitalia Research Paper

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Mercedes Kim Mrs. Eckhart Child Development November 2, 2012 Ambiguous Genitalia Male? Female? Approximately one in one thousand babies are born with ambiguous genitalia. This report will explain the birth defect in details and tell what can be done to treat those with this condition. I will also tell you about ways to help to deal with the problems that can go along with this birth defect such as identity problems. The sex of a child is determined at conception. The mother's egg contains an X chromosome and the father's sperm contains either an X or a Y chromosome. The X and Y chromosomes determine the gender of the child. During the process where the fetal tissue is to become male or female is disrupted, ambiguous genitalia may develop. The genitalia make it difficult to easily identify the infant as male or female. There are many outcomes to the genital. It can have several different appearances. In very rare cases, the physical appearance may be fully developed as the opposite of the genetic sex. For example, a genetic male may have developed the appearance of a normal female. The babies seem to have a mixture of both female and male parts. That is what makes it undecided if it is a male or female. For example, they may have both a vulva and testicles. Some conditions for male babies include hypospadias, where the urethral opening is located in an unusual position like the underside of the penis.…show more content…
-The urethral opening can be anywhere along, above, or below the surface of the clitoris. -The labia may be fused and look like a

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