Rare Genetic Disorder Turns Girls To Boys At 12
- Ngozi Oguejiofor
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Girls in Salinas, in the Dominican Republic, are reportedly becoming boys when they turn puberty due to a rare genetic disorder.
The process is known as the guevedoces in the country which translates to “penis at 12”, these youngsters are referred to in medical terms as “pseudohermaphrodite.”
“I went to school and I used to wear my skirt. I never liked to dress as a girl. When they bought me girls toys I never bothered playing with them. All I wanted to do was play with the boys.”
But at puberty, when testosterone flows, their voices break and they grow a male sexual reproductive organ that then becomes recognised as male.