When Teenage Girls Find Out They’re Genetically Male

For Stephanie, telling a partner about her male chromosomes was never a problem—mainly because her first doctor didn’t even tell her about them. Now 43, the South Carolina resident was diagnosed with “under-developed ovaries” at the age of 16 and had them removed. When she and her husband began donor egg treatment to have a child, a doctor finally explained that she was genetically male. She was 36. At the time, his words were: “To put it simply, if you were to perish in a fire and your body was burned beyond recognition, the coroner would presume that you were male.”

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