Doctors in the past have done invasive genital surgeries on intersex children to “normalize” them as soon as possible.
But European medical experts have set new guidelines that advise against operating on intersex children until they’re old enough to consent, according to Care2.
“For sensitive and/or irreversible procedures, such as genital surgery, we advise that the intervention be postponed until the individual is old enough to be actively involved in the decision whenever possible,” the consensus statement in the guidelines says.
The new guidelines reflect what intersex people and their advocates have been asking for for years, according to Human Rights Watch.
“Intersex people… don’t need to be fixed,” Belgian intersex model Hanne Gaby told INTO. “We need to fix the binary. What’s not broken doesn’t need to be fixed.”