Intersex states occur in people with a discrepancy between their chromosomal sex (XX/XY), their genitalia (vagina/penis) and/or their gonads (ovaries/testicles).
For example, someone can be a woman genetically (XX chromosome) and have a male's external genitalia (penis).
People with intersex states should be treated by a multidisciplinary medical team which includes a support structure for the patient and the family.
Surgery is the “final step” in intersex treatment. Thus, because of the definitive nature of the surgery, the patient and family should make the decision to assume one sex or another carefully and responsibly.