What is it?

Ambiguous genitalia is a condition where the genitals do not look clearly male or female.

How common is it?

Ambiguous genitalia occurs in approximately 1 in 4,500 births.

How is it managed?

Since ambiguous genitalia may occur in the presence of other physical anomalies or genetic abnormalities, genetic counseling is recommended. Prenatal consultations with pediatric subspecialists are recommended to discuss the condition and its management after birth.


After birth, a team including specialists in genetics, neonatology, endocrinology, surgery, and social work will all be involved in the newborn’s care.

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