What are XXY chromosomes?

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What Are XXY Chromosomes?

A chromosome is a strand of DNA. XXY chromosomes are a naturally occurring human male variation. XXY men are identical in physical appearance and mental capacity to XY men.

Quick XXY Facts:
• XXY = male.
• One in every 500 male births is XXY.
• Numerous studies show XXY boys and men possess the same capabilities as XY boys and men.
• Most doctors lack real-world, first-person XXY experience.
• The standard doctor recommendation to expecting parents of an XXY baby is termination.
• XXY medical standards must change.

Myth #1: XXY chromosomes are rare.
Reality #1: XXY chromosomes are the second most common healthy human male chromosomes.

Myth #2: XXY chromosomes are a birth defect.
Reality #2: XXY is a natural occurrence, imposing no negatives.

Myth #3: XXY is Klinefelter syndrome.
Reality #3: Most XXY men do not have the symptoms of Klinefelter syndrome. Some XY men do.

Myth #4: Many doctors tell expecting parents their XXY baby will be born with Klinefelter syndrome.
Reality #4: No baby has ever had Klinefelter syndrome. It is impossible for a baby to have Klinefelter syndrome.

Myth #5: XXY boys are unteachable.
Reality #5: XXY boys are highly teachable.

Myth #6: XXY men need testosterone supplementation.
Reality #6: Like XY men, some can benefit from it, while others may not need it.

XXY standards must change, because this is the reality:

• XXY men possess equal mental and physical capabilities to their XY counterparts.
• Doctors falsely portray XXY boys and men as subhuman.
• XXY men are treated as incapable humans, when in truth we are equals.
• XXY boys are thought to be slow learners, but the truth is the opposite. They can be unusually fast learners.

XXY Is Not Intersex

XXY is male. It is not a gender issue. It is not an intersex issue.

All people regardless of chromosome type (XX, XY, XXY, X0, and more) have gender issues to consider. Defining who you are is part of being human.

Why Are XXY Chromosomes Important?

XXY is a human equality issue that impacts millions of men and their families. It is a misinformation issue that has confused doctors and governments, and caused doctors to misinform millions of expectant parents with advice to terminate their pregnancies based on flawed research information.

Presently, most of the medical research community (and many doctors) regard XXY men as subhuman, possessing defective chromosomes, but this is not true. XXY chromosomes are not defective. They serve individuals just fine.

Many medical research universities publish a laundry list of supposedly common physical and mental characteristics of XXY males, yet the truth is there are rarely any negative characteristics. In fact, there are some positive differences.

Should You Abort Your XXY Fetus?

In the wise words of author Douglas Adams, don’t panic! If your fetus is “diagnosed” with XXY chromosomes, you have much to consider. Only you can make decisions about your baby. In the case of XXY chromosomes, it may be important to read other resources to get a balanced set of information.

In my experience, XXY is mostly a good thing, presenting some unique advantages. It is also true there are one or two disadvantages, however, these are born of biased medical and societal standards, and they are equally navigable as any other issue parents must deal with whilst raising any child.

Why Have Millions of Parents Chosen to Terminate Their XXY Fetuses?

Termination is the standard medical recommendation to pregnant parents when XXY chromosomes are identified at the fetus stage, in a karyotype test. Yet, there is nothing inherently detrimental about being built with XXY chromosomes. XXY men can have the same strengths and attributes as XY men.

XXY boys and men are fully capable, intelligent, athletic, and social human beings.

Sound like bio-science-fiction?

XXY research is most often trained on negatives of human difference. Subhuman is the notion medical researchers have promoted in published, peer-reviewed papers, and they repeatedly roll out such yarn in online government resources such as The Genetics Home Reference, the Human Genome Project, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and medical university websites all over the world, misinforming doctors, librarians, teachers, parents, and students alike. The truth is, many doctors have limited or no real-world, first-person XXY experience.

Modern researchers have corrected many of the old assertions about XXY chromosomes. For instance, it used to be said that XXY men possessed subnormal intelligence, but now some researchers and doctors have noted that XXY men possess unusually high intelligence. There are XXY PhDs. The likely truth is that a full range of intelligence levels can be found, just like in XY men. In spite of this, many doctors still stand by the outdated info, often because they have not read recent studies; and also because annual XXY medical research conferences continue to publish the outdated information as though it were current in order to keep the research funding routine intact.

XXY Is Not Klinefelter Syndrome

Medical researchers call XXY chromosomes “Klinefelter syndrome,” yet many doctors acknowledge that no such symptoms may be present in XXY men. Some published studies have even stated this, yet many researchers and doctors continue standing by the outdated assertions.

This distinction is important because people frequently and incorrectly associate various chromosomal anomalies, as though they were related. The truth is, there is no more of a relation between different chromosomal anomalies than there is between XX and XY. Each iteration of human has its own characteristics and value.

An Inhumane Double-Standard

A “syndrome” is defined as a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a disorder or disease. In the case of XXY chromosomes, even when the symptoms are not present – in a case of double-standard which defies the medical definition of syndrome – many doctors still call XXY chromosomes “Klinefelter syndrome.”

There are no universal XXY symptoms, and not necessarily any groups of symptoms. In fact, many XXY men have no symptoms. They are simply regular men.

When supposed symptoms are present, the exact same “symptoms” can be found in equal measure in XY men. Furthermore, any present XXY-specific issues can easily be addressed in individuals.

Researchers and doctors acknowledge that XXY men are fully capable of doing anything XY men can do.

The rabbit hole goes much deeper, and the negative depictions are unbelievable, worse than I ever could have imagined while growing up.

There is Much More To Learn About XXY

Doctors are not the enemy in XXY misinformation. Many of them just do not know the truth, which is part of why I have published this site.

Learn more at XXY Truth.

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