Integrative Health practices incorporate different naturopathic modalities and Healing practices adding excellent benefits for people with Intersex variations such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) and all other variations.
Intersex best describes genital, gonadal and chromosomal variants, which are neither completely "male" nor "female." Intersex individuals are born with possible anatomical and physiological sexual differences, resulting in many different intersex variations.
As long as history has been recorded, babies with variant genitals and morphed endocrine presentations have been documented. Variations include Klinefelter Syndrome (KS) Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia(CAH) Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Turner Syndrome, Gonadal Dysgenesis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
This write up focusses on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Klinefelter Syndrome (KS)
Klinefelter Syndrome (KS) is the most common sex chromosome variation. The incidence is 1 in 1000 births. Males with KS carry an additional X on their chromosomal make-up and the result is an XXY genetic formation.
Classic Signs of KS are gynecomastia (large development of breast glands in males), small testes, wide hips and sparse body hair. Secondary Symptoms which arise are early onset osteoporosis, a monthly ‘emotional’ menses (without the discharge of blood), asthma and taurodontism.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) occurs in 1 in 15 women. It is the most common reproductive endocrine condition. Common features to this variation is anovulation, irregular menses or amenorrhea, high levels of androgens, and or cysts on the ovaries, which are determined by an ultrasound.
There are common distinguishing features which differentiate between irregular menses and PCOS. The Secondary Symptoms are hirsutism (increased hair growth particularly on the face), hair loss, acne, weight gain and infertility due to the increase of cysts on the ovaries. Women with PCOS are also predisposed to type 2 diabetes (Craggs-Halen & Balen, 2004). The aetiology is unknown. It is debated whether PCOS is considered an intersex variation due to the male secondary symptoms that arise, but it is often considered within the intersex framework.
Homeopathy treats the being with an integrated approach. The premise to treating intersex individuals is to only consider the Secondary Symptoms which arise from the primary disposition. The primary specifically is a variation of nature.
Conventional medicine often views intersex individuals with Gender Identity Disorder (GID). The definition of this term means to be “sick, abnormal, ill, out of order and to suffer a certain stigmatization as a consequence of the diagnosis being given at all” (Butler 2004, p. 76). Health care systems have traditionally approached intersex individuals by gender reconstruction and hormone replacements. Conventional medicine views these variations as disorders and it fails to recognize that these variations are not ‘disorders’, but disparities in constitutions and nature. Homeopathy can have immeasurable results treating the Secondary symptoms which arise from the primary disposition. By using classical homeopathic medicine and incorporating deep energetic practices, this helps the individual to live more comfortably on a physical, mental and emotional level as the presentation shifts, changes and the symptom picture dissolves. This not only helps empower those with Intersex variations on a social level, but helps those live a more balanced life.
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