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Can androgen insensitivity syndrome affect my sex life?

Androgen insensitivity syndrome may have an impact on your sex life, depending on the type of AIS you have. Many people with AIS are able to have healthy sexual relationships. In women with complete AIS, physical appearance usually is completely female. However, some women may have shorter vaginas than average, but this can be adjusted with dilators and, if necessary, with surgery. Women with complete AIS also have very little pubic hair, which may cause some women to feel self-conscious. People who are affected by partial AIS may experience more significant impacts on their sex lives. Because people with this condition often have ambiguous genitalia, sometimes surgery may be performed to create a more "normal" appearance. In some cases, these genital surgeries may affect sexual sensitivity. Sometimes people with partial AIS have a gender identity that doesn't match the gender they were raised as, which can cause sexual and psychological issues. It's important to talk to your doctors about concerns you may have regarding AIS and your sex life.

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