Living a Healthy Life with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
If you or someone you know suffers from a genetic or hormonal issue, then you also know just how hard it can be to try and live even a remotely normal, healthy lifestyle. Although some conditions are more difficult to treat and manage than others, there are still viable options available.
Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is a condition that affects between 2 to 5 men for every 100,000 in the world, so we wanted to shed some light on this issue and some things you can do to help manage the symptoms.
The Science Behind Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
AIS is a condition that affects human sexual development during fetus development and puberty. Most people with this condition are considered genetically male, possessing one X and one Y chromosome in each cell.
What AIS then does is prohibit the body from responding regularly to specific male sex hormones (androgens) causing some patients to exhibit female external characteristics, or even signs of male and female sexual development.
Essentially, there are two major types of the syndrome:
Complete AIS – the body is unable to use androgens at all causing those affected to exhibit female external sex characteristics. As they do not have a uterus, that person can’t menstruate or bear children. Usually, people born with complete AIS are raised as females and assume a female gender identity.
Partial/Mild AIS – the partial form of the syndrome causes those affected to have genitalia that looks typically male, both male and female sex characteristics or genitalia that looks typically female. Those with mild AIS usually exhibit male sex characteristics but are typically infertile and can experience breast enlargement during puberty.
With a better understand of how AIS works, we can now examine some of the long-term effects and options on how to manage this condition.
Long-Term Health and Wellness Implications
Living with a set of sex characteristics that may not reflect your internal mindset can be frustrating and cause its fair share of mental and emotional roadblocks as you get older, which can then manifest themselves physically, if left unchecked.
For those with complete AIS, the testes usually remain undescended during most of puberty, which can become cancerous later on in life; so, getting regular checkups from your physician or specialist can help keep you safe and healthy.
Infertility is another major complication that can stem from AIS, if left untreated. In most cases, though, a visit to a specialist can help you map out any possible treatment options.
Diagnosis and Management Options
Whether your diagnosis is partial, mild or complete, androgen insensitivity syndrome can be managed with proper gene-based therapies and regular hormonal treatments, so you can experience a higher quality of life and begin to feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in. To learn more about how Rebuilding Life can help you with this, or a host of other hormone-related issues, visit our contact page or call 407-878-7889.