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For me intersex refers to the lived experience of the socio-cultural consequences of being born with a body that does not fit within the normative definitions of "man" and "woman." In short, it is about our experiences and not a medical diagnosis." Some activists also use ‘variations of sex characteristics’, aiming to include ‘sex characteristics’ as a category in national and international Human Rights protections.

The term ‘DSD’ (Disorders of Sex Development) is instead used in most medical contexts, and was coined in 2006 by a small group of activists, academics and doctors at the Chicago Consensus Convention.

Chromosomal disorders include Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) which in some extreme cases sees females have female sexual organs but XY (male) chromosomes.

Fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele, 29, revealed this week she suffered with the condition.

The 29-year-old had with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), which is referred to as a disorder of sex development (DSDs).

Despite the fact that these variations generally do not threaten the physical health of the individual (there are correlated health problems only in certain circumstances), people with these biological variations are often subjected to involuntary unnecessary surgery and other medical treatment.

Up to 2% of the population may be born with invisible or visible Intersex traits, and between 0.1% and 0.05% are detected and subject to medical attention.

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