F1000 Commentary: Treatment of adults with complications from previous hypospadias surgery / Why hasn’t everyone heard of DSD?

People tend not to talk very much about the scientific facts of sex development, and in most cultures, clothing covers up some of the evidence for natural sexual variation. This means that many people simply don’t know about how complicated and varied human sex is. Additionally, until relatively recently, the medical system treated DSD the way cancer used to be treated: with a veil of secrecy and often even shame.

As a consequence of all this, DSD has been largely invisible to many people. But each year, more and more people are learning about DSD and learning that people all around them are affected. Those affected are benefitting from that improved understanding.

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