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According to the United Nations, people who are considered to be intersex have sex characteristics that can’t be easily distinguished as male or female.

The sex characteristics may include DNA structure, particularly the chromosomes, genitals as well as the presence or lack of internal organs such as the uterus.

While some individuals’ intersex bodies can be found during infancy, there are persons who are unaware of their intersex body until puberty or later in life and possibly, not knowing at all.

Intersex and trans may overlap and have similar experiences but they are by no means the same. That said, misinformation about intersex is prevalent. One of the misconceptions of intersex is that it’s a medical condition which is not the case at all.

Another misconception is that performing surgery is in the best interest of intersex infants in which research says otherwise and can instead be torturous and detrimental.