What challenges do people with intersex conditions and their families face? 

Intersex conditions discovered later in life often become apparent in early adolescence. Delayed or absent signs of puberty may be the first indication that an intersex condition exists. For example, complete androgen insensitivity may first become apparent when Intersex conditions, whether discovered at birth or later in life, can be very challenging for affected persons and their families. Medical information about intersex conditions and their implications are not always easy to understand. Persons with intersex conditions and their families may also experience feelings of shame, isolation, anger, or depression. Parents of children with intersex conditions sometimes wonder how much they should tell their children about their condition and at what age. Experts recommend that parents and care providers tell children with intersex conditions about their condition throughout their lives in an age-appropriate manner. Experienced mental health professionals can help parents decide what information is age-appropriate and how best to share it. People with intersex and their families can also benefit from peer support.

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