Chinese man finds out he has ovaries, uterus after 20 years
A man in China was shocked to discover he was intersex after seeking help for persistent urinary problems for the past 20 years. Local Greek media reported that Chen Li, 33, received the shock of her life after learning that she had ovaries and a uterus and that she suffered from frequent urinary problems, was actually menstruating.
Chen, who hails from China’s Sichuan province, underwent surgery to correct irregular urination during his youth. Since then, for more than 20 years, he experienced frequent blood in his urine. Last year, during a medical examination, Chen discovered the true cause of his condition. The chain contained female sex chromosomes. Her monthly experience of blood in her urine and stomach discomfort were actually caused by menstruation, the Greek reporter reported.
After 33 years of identifying as a man, Chen went to a hospital in Guangzhou that treats genital issues because the test result was traumatic for him. Chen requested the Guangzhou Hospital to remove her female genitalia. He underwent a three-hour surgery on June 6 and was released from the hospital 10 days later. Although the man had external genitalia, he was actually born intersex, meaning he had female sex chromosomes, ovaries and a uterus, the Greek reporter reported.
The term “intersex” is used for a variety of conditions in which one’s chromosomes, reproductive organs, and sexual anatomy do not fit the standard categories of male or female. In the past, intersex people were called “hermaphrodites.” The term “hermaphrodite” is no longer used and is widely considered derogatory. Intersex people can have any combination of chromosomes and reproductive organs. Due to the fact that many variations of intersexuality may never be discovered until a health problem occurs later in life, as in Lee’s case, actual statistics of intersex people are currently officially reported. The numbers may be much higher than reported, reports Greek Reporter.
Hermaphroditic animals–mostly invertebrates such as insects, bryozoans (moss animals), trematodes (flukes), snails, slugs, and barnacles–are usually parasitic, slow-moving, or permanently attached to another animal or plant. are
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