LIFELONG REPERCUSSIONSThe consequence of removing gonads is a lifelong dependence on hormone replacement medications, Stred says, and permanent infertility.
But the anguish of the two surgeries is an issue for her that is still troubling today. It became a trauma because of what they did.”AWARENESS AND OUTRAGEKimberly Zieselman, executive director of inter ACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, says Odiele will be a powerful champion for the intersex community and will help thrust medical procedures that try to “fix” intersex kids into the harsh focus they deserve.
Some individuals leave medical care altogether because they are so angry at what physicians did to them before they were the age of consent.”And there is tremendous resentment of parents, she says.
Kids think “something was done to me; you felt I wasn’t perfect; I had to be fixed.”Awareness of intersex issues is slowly evolving, says Zieselman, who notes that many people don't even know what intersex means.
“No surgical treatment until (individuals) have psychological support.
That’s a model we can use.”Above all, Stred says there should be no surgery until an intersex child is at an age of consent and can weigh the benefits and risks.
Being intersex relates to biological sex characteristics.