Can anyone shed some info on my situation as to if they think I may be suffering from an intersex condition?
When I went through puberty the development of breasts freaked me out and I hated it. At puberty I experienced clitoral growth (My **** is a little over 1 inch long and half an inch wide). when "aroused", it grows bigger. I have a full "happy trail", my nipples grow what looks to be some "pubic" hair. My upper lip and chin have somewhat like peach fuz, not thick hair, but thicker than any other girl I know, my arms are hairy, my butt (Not to be gross but both inside and on the top/lower back) is hairy........ Not to mention phsychologically I do not feel like a girl at all. I operate, act, and think like a typical male. I do not look completely feminine either, I am always mistaken for a boy. I cant even use public restrooms because of this. (illegal to go in males, and if i go into a womens they think im a guy in a ladies bathroom)
I do not need my mental state addressed, outwardly, im just wondering if someone could tell me if my bodily symptoms may be an intersex condition, and what is done to test for such a thing?
By the way, my periods are normal, i dont think this is that polycistic syndrom girls get.. I know 2 girls who have polycistic ovarion syndrom and both of them look, act, and feel like women.
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I think you need to get your hormone levels checked. A trip to the doctor is in order. You could be all girl but for some reason you are producing too much testosterone. All women produce testosterone so an elevated level does not necessarily mean you are intersexed. See a doctor.
I agree with pooby. The fact that your hormones are unbalanced could have you 'feeling' like a boy. If your hormones are at fault and were to be corrected you could quite likely feel more like a girl.
I had hormone issues, but it didn't result in any of the issues which you have brought up. My testosterone was high, but not too high to cause any issues to worry about, then when my thyroid and adrenals were corrected with medication my testosterone went back to normal.
When i found out my testosterone was elevated it scared me as i think we typically think, "oh my God, i'm turning into a man", but this isn't always the case. I did do some research and did read that extremely high testosterone levels can lead to the clitoris growing, among other symptoms. I'm not sure what occurs when the testosterone is lowered, whether the clitoris shrinks, but i wouldn't think it would, but only a doctor could tell you what does/n't happen.
Too high testosterone isn't good for anybody, whether you are male or female. Males and females each have there own testosterone ranges and it will differ for each gender and it even differs according to your age group, going through menopause etc etc.
A trip to your doctor and having some tests run would settle all or most of your fears and questions.
Good luck and i hope it's all resolved soon so you can get on with a happy life
The thought of "feeling like a girl" freaks me out and I dont like men sexually. I feel inside like I am in the wrong body. (meaning, I feel like I should have a biological males anatomy). I am currently in gender therapy for that but when I told my therapist about my body she said I do need to go to a dr to get checked to see if I am intersex or not, i just dont feel like exposing myself to people but I guess I better make an appointment because I did some google research and found a high T count in women can cause all sorts of problems, even serious ones like cancer and liver damage.
But unlike one of the comments up there i never thought "omg im turning into a man", I already feel like a guy and I always have since i was 3 years old. And as i said, I even am constantly mistaken for one, so the idea of getting my hormone levels changed and "turning into a girl" is creepy and id rather die.
I actually HOPE I am intersex so my insurance will pay for my treatments and ill have physical proof as to why I feel like im in the wrong (female) body. And if im not intersex, then I hope my hormone levels are normal and this is just who I am inside and no hormone level could change that.
And, according to research done on transgendered people, hormone level doesnt change whether you feel like a boy or a girl. However, I guess this is only the case for true transgendered people (ive only just begun gender therapy so its far too early for me to be diagnosed as such yet). If someone felt like a boy because of an elevated T count, I suppose to lower that high count would cause them to feel more like a lady. But one thing is for sure, if I do have a high T count and its lowered and I begin to operate like a woman and react like one, it will throw me into a whirlwind of confusion and I would seek out the quickest way to get a hold of synthetic testosterone and begin injecting myself with it in order to feel "normal" again.
PS- Thanks for the responses. Im going to post what happened with my hormone tests because I know there must be other people out there in similar scenarios who may be ashamed to ask or whatnot.
Last edited by bottlesofwater; 09-22-2009 at 03:35 AM.
That's great that you are already doing something about it as you would want things cleared and know precisely where you stand so you can just get on with life, rather than feeling all in a turmoil and not knowing where you stand. So i'd agree with your therapist and go to your doctor who might be able to deal with certain tests or may refer you on to someone who specialises in whatever tests are required.
You could be right, correcting the hormones may still leave you feeling definitely male. A couple of ladies i've known had extremely high testosterone due to thyroid issues and they didn't change in any way, nor did they feel male. So you could likely stay same, just with healthier hormone levels.
It could be two seperate issue in the end. One being your true gender and the other being healthy hormones, which you have already found out in your research. Higher/lower than normal of any of the hormones eg: estrogen/progesterone/testosterone will cause health issues.
While you are at the doctors ask them to do a full thyroid test, just in case, which should include TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and Thyroid Antibodies and get them to check your DHEA-s as well as the other hormones: estrogen/progesterone/testosterone. There would have to be a reason for the higher than normal testosterone, regardless of a person feeling male or female on the inside.
Good luck and let us know how you go as there may be others in your situation who feel awkward in posting on these issues.