A woman has revealed that she was already 11 when she found out that she was biologically male after asking her mother about menstruation.
Taking to TikTok, Lyss said she was not aware that she was born a male and only discovered that she was born inters*x after having a conversation with her mother.
According to Planned Parenthood, inters*x is a term that describes bodies that fall outside of the female/male binary.
“When I was 11 years old, my mom sat me down and told me I was biologically male,” Lyss said.
“What, I don’t look like a biological male to you?”
Sharing how their heart-to-heart conversation changed her life, she said: “So my mom goes, ‘We should probably have the talk.’ I was so curious, I was like, ‘I just want to know when am I gonna get my period? When am I gonna get my bo*bs? When do I get to use tampons?’”
Her mother then sat her down at their dining room table and showed her a folder of medical information.
“(She) says, ‘You are biologically male. You are not going to get a period. You are not gonna have kids. And, you are inters*x.’”
Lyss then said that her world crumbled as the information left her ‘sweating and freezing.’ She revealed that she was born with female genitalia on the outside but had premature internal testes.
She told her viewers that she underwent hormone replacement therapy since she was 11 after doctors removed the internal testes so she could grow as a woman through puberty.
According to Planned Parenthood, around 1 to two people per every 100 born in the US are inters*x.
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