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Bride-to-be China Women Discovers She Is Biologically a Male After...

In a shocking examination done by the doctors Li Yuan who lived her 27 years of life as a female was discovered as a biological male with revelation of a testicle in her abdomen. The doctor suggested an immediate surgical removal of the testicle.

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China Women Discovers She is biologically male

In a shocking examination done by the doctors China Women Li Yuan who lived her 27 years of life as a female was discovered as a biological male with revelation of a testicle in her abdomen. 

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Li Yuan, from central China's Hubei province, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, had been concerned about not menstruating and delayed breast development since puberty. She went to a local hospital when she was 18 and was diagnosed with abnormal hormone levels and potential ovarian failure. Doctors also recommended a follow-up chromosome test at the time, but Li and her family did not take the advice seriously.

It was not until recently, when Li was planning her wedding that she decided to undergo a thorough examination. This time, Duan Jie, a veteran gynaecologist, diagnosed a rare disorder, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). After a month's anxious wait for the results of tests, the doctor's judgment was confirmed. Li had male sex chromosomes, but looks female. "Socially, Li is female. But chromosomally, she is male," Duan explained. 

Only about 1 in 50,000 newborns have this form of CAH. Both of Li's parents carry recessive disorder-causing genes, so Li had up to a one-in-four chance of having the abnormal condition passed on to her. The doctor suggested an immediate surgical removal of the testicle hidden in Li's abdomen because it posed a high risk of cancer. In early April, Li successfully underwent the dangerous surgery and had the organ removed. She now requires regular follow-up tests and long-term hormone therapy.

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