What is a hermaphrodite?
A hermaphrodite is someone with both male and female sex organs. They are also referred to as intersex. They may emotionally identify as male, female or inter-gender.
There are three types of hermaphrodite: true, male pseudo and female pseudo.
Female psuedo: This means the person has XX chromosomes with normal female internal organs, but with masculinised genitalia.
Male psuedo: For male pseudo it means the person is born with XY chromosomes. Such a person has testes that are usually hidden in the abdominal cavity. The external genitalia are usually female.
In very few cases hermaphrodites exhibit the genitalia of both a male and a female.
For example, a person might have a penis as well as a vagina. In many of these cases, the doctors aren’t sure which genitalia the person has at birth.
For instance, a female might appear to have a very large clitoris, or a male might appear to have a very small penis. This ambiguous genitalia is often cause for further testing on DNA to determine whether the child is a boy or a girl.
One in every 2,000 babies born have “confusing” or ambiguous genitalia. In cases like this, the parents might make the decision to put their child through surgery to determine a physical gender, or they might opt to wait until the child is older and can decide for themselves which gender is dominant in their body and mind.
A hermaphrodite is a person (or plant or animal) that has both male and female sexual organs. Hermaphrodites are rare.
In appearance, a hermaphrodite might look more girlish or boyish, but they’re kind of both. This word also applies to animals and plants. However, being a boy and a girl at the same time is a very rare condition. It happens to a small number of people who have the reproductive organs of both men and women.
These are some of the pictures that show hermaphrodites look like.
How common are hermaphrodites?
Research finds intersex people to constitute an estimated 1.7% of the population. This makes being intersex about as common as having red hair (1%-2%). However, popularly misinterpreted, much referenced statistics would have you believe are numbers are much lower.
Some statistics say hermaphrodites make up 1 in 2000, or .05%, percent of the population, but that statistic refers to one specific intersex trait, ambiguous genitalia, which is but one of many others.
Experts asked at medical centers, how often a child is born so noticeably unusual in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, the number comes out to about 1 in 1500 to 1 in 2000 births.
But a lot more people than that are born with subtler forms of sex anatomy variations, some of which won’t show up until later in life.
Can a hermaphrodite get pregnant?
Some hermaphrodites have more male genitalia while others have the opposite.
Whether a hermaphrodite could get pregnant and carry the pregnancy and have a baby depends mostly whether they have a more complete set of reproductive organs. So if there is a fully functioning uterus and ovaries, then it’s theoretically possible to get pregnant and have a baby.
However, most if not all true hermaphrodites have incomplete reproductive organs and a pregnancy would be extremely rare.
Hermaphrodites also carry both male and female gametes, reproductive cells. They can’t reproduce with themselves because the chromosomes in their gametes bear a unique methylated stamping that precludes development of zygotes with the same methylated stamp. So, with some very rare exceptions, you can’t procreate with yourself.
Do hermaphrodites have periods
This question has been asked by many people and the answers have come from the hermaphrodites. Naturally the most important factor is whether the person in question has functioning ovarian tissue, along with other issues and/or organs which can respond to the hormonal changes. This differs per hermaphrodite.
So yes for as long as you have a functioning ovarian tissue then you will have your periods like any other female.
Possibilities of surgery to control hermaphroditism
Doctors in America developed surgical skills to correct genital oddities.
Surgery has become a routine for the one in 2 000 children born with a genital malformation. But experts would like to see a change in that routine. They contend that surgery should be put off until the child is old enough to have a say in the matter.
Treatment of intersex in humans depends upon the age at which the diagnosis is made.
Historically, if diagnosed at birth, the choice of sex was made (typically by parents) based on the condition of the external genitalia. (i.e., which sex organs predominate), after which so-called intersex surgery was performed to remove the gonads of the opposite sex.
The remaining genitalia were then reconstructed to resemble those of the chosen sex. The reconstruction of female genitalia was more readily performed than the reconstruction of male genitalia, so ambiguous individuals often were made to be female.
Famous celebrities said to be hermaphrodites
- Lady Gaga
- NeNe Leakes
- Hilary Swank
- Michelle Obama
- Jamie Lee Curtis
- Caster Semenya
- Jenna Talackova
- Grace Jones
Disclaimer: These Celebrities have been innocently accused of being hermaphrodites, none of which has proof.
A plant that is hermaphroditic is one that produces both male and female reproduction systems. Hermaphroditic plants are largely self-pollinating. This is unlike the monoecious plants that have both male and female reproductive capabilities but can’t self-reproduce.
Hermaphrodite plants examples
How to identify a hermaphrodite plants?
It is important to regularly inspect plants on all sides. Male flowers are easily distinguished from females by their yellow color and bananas shape. The male flowers have five stamens.
At the very end of flowering, there are often tiny male flowers inside the female buds, but they are most of time barren.
How to get rid of Hermaphrodite plants?
- Get rid of the male flowers to prevent them from pollinating
- Spray water on the male flower to neutralize pollen
- Get rid by spraying water on the plant and put it away from your grow space.
In some cases weed plants display both male and female sexual organs, making them hermaphrodite plants. However, in their natural state, male marijuana plants produce pollen sacks and female produce pistils and buds. It is only under some environmental and genetic conditions that we get to experience a hermaphrodite marijuana plat that produces both pollen sacks, pistils and buds.
Causes of Hermaphrodite marijuana
Weed hermaphroditism can originate genetically or caused by the environmental conditions.
Genetically, some marijuana strains are more sensitive to hermaphroditism than others. This always goes down to the technique used to produce the particular seeds used. One therefore is advice to Obtain seeds from a trusted suppliers to ensure good quality genetics.
Marijuana plant also becomes a hermaphrodite with the influence of plant stress. This is mostly experienced in the flowering period. When the conditions are not suitable then hermaphroditism is an effective way to shorten the period.
How to avoid hermaphrodite marijuana plants?
Hermaphrodites are caused by plant stress. These are some of the stress that highly increase the risk of hermaphroditism in plants.
- Regularly control insects and mites.
- Provide enough space for each plant ad good environmental conditions.
- Too much heat
- Harvesting too late
- Mechanical stress: broken branches, damaged roots, pruning during flowering
- Irrigation issues (lack or excess)
Other factors to consider to minimize risk are:
- Always ensure that your lights are an adequate distance from your plants to avoid possible stress in this area.
- Maintain a comfortable temperature for your weed plants during the flowering period, between around 18-30 degrees Celsius/65-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Be consistent with lighting during the flowering stage to minimize disturbances that might trigger stress.
- Check timers, plugs etc.
- Obtain seeds from trusted suppliers to ensure good quality genetics.
Can Animals be Hermaphrodites?
Many invertebrates and a significantly smaller number of vertebrates are hermaphrodites. A hermaphrodite possesses both male and female reproductive organs during their life span. Some of these animals self-fertilize, while others require a partner.
Hermaphroditism is a varied mode of reproduction that manifests differently depending on the affected species.
List of hermaphrodite animals:
- Clown Fish
- Bearded Dragon
- Wrasse Banana Slug
- Whiptail Lizard
- Parrot Fish
- Garter Snake
- Blackfin Goby
Intersex society on North America http://www.isna.org/faq/frequency