On Deck: A Case Study of Male Gender Identity in an Individual With Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome

There are a few things I do on a regular basis.  I get the wheels aligned on my car every spring.  I wash my pet rabbit’s little sleeping blanket every weekend.  And I check the latest transgender-specific scientific publications every month.

Sometimes, every few years or so, the planets align and I do all three things on the same day.

But seriously, the latest check on the recent trans publications yielded a case study  involving an individual with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), an intersex condition.

It’s an interesting case that has implications for sex steroid involvement in gender identity formation.  The individual in the study, as with all CAIS individuals, has XY (male) sex chromosomes and a female body.  Unlike almost all reported CAIS individuals, however, this person has a male gender identity.

I’m reviewing the literature a little on this topic and also on androgen receptor mutations in preparation for a post that I hope to make within the next few days or so.  Stay tuned…

–ATM

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