What happens when an intersex condition is discovered later in life? 

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, a girl does not menstruate. Medical treatment is sometimes necessary to help development proceed as normally as possible; for some conditions, surgical treatment may be recommended. Many intersex conditions discovered late in life are associated with infertility or with reduced fertility. Discovery of an intersex condition in adolescence can be extremely distressing for the adolescent and his or her parents and can result in feelings of shame, anger, or depression. Experienced mental health professionals can be very helpful in dealing with these challenging issues and feelings.

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