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Puberty can be an awkward time for anybody, but spare a thought for the Guevedoce children of the Dominican Republic, who literally appear to change their sex when they hit adolescence. As covered by Michael Mosley in the BBC series, Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of Youthe remarkable case of the Guevedoces is a condition that affects just over 1 percent of the boys born in Salinas, a remote village lying in the southwest of the Dominican Republic.
Guevedoces literal translation "penis at 12" - who are also called " machihembras ", meaning "first a woman, then a man" - appear to be completely female at birth and are brought up to be little girls. After the developments of puberty, Guevedoces grow up to be fully functional males in their society, although some telltale s do give away their unique biological heritage.
Not all Guevedoces in the Dominican Republic change their name upon hitting puberty — some grown men in the region have female names throughout their life. The condition is not isolated to just the Dominican Republic, it's also been observed in Turkey and New Guinea.
For his documentary, Mosley met Johnny, a Guevedoce male who was raised as a little girl, Felicita. When Felicita turned seven, puberty brought more than the usual changes that most people experience. All I wanted to do is play with toy guns and boys," Johnny said. Along with the psychological changes came physiological ones; Johnny grew testicles and a penis.
Despite being teased at school, the transformation was ultimately a positive.
The discovery of why the Guevedoce children undergo their radical transformation was made decades ago by Julianne Imperato, an endocrinologist from Cornell University in the US, who travelled to the Dominican Republic in the s. Without this enzyme, the body doesn't create the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone DHTwhich prevents the development of male sex organs — until puberty hits, at least, when increased levels of testosterone belatedly reveal that Guevedoces are, in effect, male. Strangely enough, Imperato's discovery was also the foundation of the medicine Finasteridewhich is used by thousands, if not millions, of men worldwide to combat both prostate enlargement and male pattern baldness.
As for Johnny, the young man who used to be a young girl hopes to find true love one day, according to Mosley. Despite a of short-term girlfriends since making his transition to masculinity, Johnny is still looking for the one.Sex girls Salinas live
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Discover the Caribbean Island Where Young Girls Transition into Boys at Puberty