A number of genetic conditions can affect how the reproductive and sex organs develop. The conditions are numerous and different. Taken together, they are more common than most people think. The conditions used to be referred to as ‘intersex’. More recently they have become known as differences, divergences or disorders of sex development (DSD) amongst medical doctors and scientists. Most affected people however do not identify with these terms.
The clinic at UCH is the world’s first to provide a multi-disciplinary service for adolescents and adults born with diverse sex development. It consists of experts in endocrinology, psychology, gynaecology, urology, specialist nursing, genetics, radiology and biochemistry. The team embraces sex and gender diversity in society. We have collaborated with UK service users for almost twenty years and take their points of views seriously. We work hard to ensure that the patient’s long-term health and wellbeing is at the heart of what we do, and that the care that we provide is based on the best available evidence.
The service accepts patients who are moving on from their children’s clinic as well as those with initial presentation in adolescence and adulthood.