Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. Intersex people are born with these differences or develop them in childhood. There are many possible differences in genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy, or chromosomes, compared to the usual two ways that human bodies develop. Some intersex traits are noticed at birth. Intersex people often face shame—or are forced or coerced into changing their bodies, usually at a very young age. Most surgeries to change intersex traits happen in infancy.
Hida Viloria is a writer who holds a degree in Gender and Sexuality from U. She is also an activist for intersex people -- formerly known as hermaphrodites Her memoir "Mighty Hermaphrodite" will be published next spring. Hida Viloria says she looks forward to a day when intersex conditions like hers are widely accepted. Intersex people formerly known as hermaphrodites are those born with bodies that are difficult to classify as either "male" or "female.
True hermaphroditism , sometimes referred to as ovotesticular disorder ,    is an intersex condition in which an individual is born with ovarian and testicular tissue. Commonly one or both gonads is an ovotestis containing both types of tissue. Although similar in some ways to mixed gonadal dysgenesis , the conditions can be distinguished histologically.