Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all.
Some intersex traits are not always visible at birth; some babies may be born with ambiguous genitals, while others may have ambiguous internal organs (testes and ovaries).
Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations.
In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty.
It starts with a light, soft touch, one tentacle gently reaching out, hesitant, hopeful, hanging lightly in the air. They glisten as they move, and because they are snails, everything happens very slowly.
The brunette - who currently works for a non-profit addressing the legal rights of intersex individuals - immediately phoned her mother to discuss her suspicions and was shocked to find her worst fears confirmed.
Unlike transgender individuals, who are usually born fully one sex or the other but feel they have been given the wrong body for their psychological gender, an intersexual's 'mixed gender' is a physical certainty.
Chromosomal disorders include Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) which in some extreme cases sees females have female sexual organs but XY (male) chromosomes.
However, the person does not menstruate and become fertile.
Vocal: Using social media to voice her thoughts, she recently tweeted: 'Diagnosed [with] testicular feminization (AIS) & labeled male pseudo-hermaphrodite exist in the gray.