When the term hermaphroditism came to light it caused a controversy that swept around the world, in each region there was talk of the possible coexistence of two sexes in the same body, which generated gossip and an almost unbridled and voracious controversy , in view of This was decided to delve deeper into the term and answer some of the users’ doubts through articles, reviews and research that delved into the subject and explained it in a simple way.

What is hermaphroditism?

Hermaphroditism is distinguished by being the alteration whose characteristic in humans is birth with both sexes or both reproductive organs, which means that in a single organism there are gametes of male charge and female charge, it is a biochemical process that alters cells of the fetus. For some religious people it is considered an aberration for a person to be born with such genetic and physical characteristics; since a person can generally possess both pheromones, but this is manifested in body hair or vocalization changes, contrary to hermaphroditism that happens to be not only chemical, genetic or hormonal, but is also physical.

  • What does it consist of
  • Types
  • Hermaphroditism in humans
  • Examples

What does it consist of

Hermaphroditism is recognized as an alteration of sexual development, specifically genetic and biochemical, since it is intrinsically based on the recessive genes found in the fetus, also the type of DNA of the ovum that is fertilized, even some people Experts on the subject affirm that the type of blood also affects the biochemical components of the cells of the fetus , as one type of blood is not compatible with the other, it can cause deformations or genetic alterations that cause traits and characteristics in the fetus, which can be permanent or temporary.

It is generally distinguished by being the existence of both reproductive organs in a single individual, so that they have a mixed reproductive system , both male and female, one of the great confusions that has been generated populationally and socially is whether these beings can be fertilized by themselves, the truth is that although they produce both gametes , both male and female, this rarely happens, although it is possible that it happens but in the course of their development due to constant evolutionary changes , since they have both pheromones However, they generally suffer from simultaneous abortions.


There are certain variations of hermaphroditism , however, these are not recognized, therefore the most mentioned ones will be placed below:

  • True hermaphroditism.
  • Male pseudohermaphroditism.
  • Female pseudohermaphroditism.

Hermaphroditism in humans

In the case of human beings , until now, complete hermaphroditisms have not existed , what connoisseurs on the subject expose is that there have only been pseudohermaphrodites , that is, they have possessed the physical and genetic characteristics , however, their gametes they do not have the same functionality , which makes them unable to reproduce or procreate.


Here are some examples of animals that are characterized in hermaphroditism:

  • Earthworms.
  • Shrimp.
  • Leeches.
  • The oysters.
  • Starfish.
  • The cleaner lordo fish.
  • The clown fish.
  • The Frogs.
  • The snails.
  • Anemones.
  • The slugs.
  • Sea sponges.

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