Mild Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome
April 10, 2012 12:16 PM Subscribe
Wondering whether I might have mild androgen insensitivity syndrome and that it may play a role in my sexual orientation. I haven't turned much up on this on Google. Does anyone have any expertise on the subject?
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I'm a member of the 23andMe community (direct-to-consumer genetic testing). They use surveys to try to puzzled out causation based on correlations between genetic information and responses of participants. Recently, they released a survey on sexual orientation and among the questions, in addition to asking about what kind of medicine your mother might've been on during her pregnancy, etc., they asked about androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS).
I looked up the condition and came across a description of "mild androgen insensitivity syndrome (MAIS)" on Wikipedia (that venerable resource). There was no mention of a possible link to homosexuality on the page. But the presence of AIS as a question in the 23andMe survey and some of the symptoms of MAIS really got me thinking.
I definitely don't have complete or partial AIS, but I have always wondered why I'm, well, not particularly physically manly even in comparison with close male relatives. I resemble the clinical photo they have up for MAIS - very little body/facial hair (again, even in comparison with male relatives) and I'm in my mid-20s.
I've always been wary of the medical discourse surrounding homosexuality, but the idea that this all could be interconnected has been on my mind a lot since I read about it.
I guess my question is, does anyone know anything about this condition? It doesn't seem to be common. Is it something than can be diagnosed? Would it be crazy for me to approach a doctor about it and to see if androgen supplementation would be helpful?