John Money acknowledged that children could perceive genital examinations as sexual abuse. One urologist told Human Rights Watch: The doctor's job is not to make a decision, coerce a decision, manipulate a decision, or intimidate a decision. The baby was born a month early and then immediately, Jackie remembers: We interviewed parents who rejected early surgery and said their children had not faced unusual amounts of bullying or harassment because of their intersex traits.
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We both still identify as lesbians, so "becoming" heterosexual is not without its challenges. Approximately half of the providers we interviewed said they would invite their patients to participate. At present, too many medical practitioners advise surgery or conduct surgeries on intersex infants and young children, citing lack of data on the outcomes for children who do not undergo surgery. One urologist Human Rights Watch interviewed offered an example of a case in which he convinced parents to not opt for genital surgery. For a long time Pagonis struggled with depression and angst until meeting young intersex adults who've embraced their differences.