Guevedoces: the ‘Girls’ from Las Salinas Who Transform into Boys When They Turn Twelve


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Guevedoces: ‘Girls’ from Las Salinas Who Transform into Boys When They Turn Twelve

Guevedoces: ‘Girls’ from Las Salinas Who Transform into Boys When They Turn Twelve

The word guevedoce is derived from a slang Spanish phrase “huevo/guevo a los doce” and literally translates to “balls/penis at twelve”, twelve being the age at which these children transform into males. 

Guevedoces: ‘Girls’ from Las Salinas Who Transform into Boys When They Turn Twelve

Dr. Julianne Imperato-McGinley, who was researching guevedoces, discovered that the reason these children were born female despite having XY chromosome was because they are deficient in an enzyme known as 5-alpha-reductase.

Guevedoces: ‘Girls’ from Las Salinas Who Transform into Boys When They Turn Twelve


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