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  1. #1 dual/intersex individuals for science fiction research 
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    Currently I am working on a story in which the main characters are dual sexed, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs, fully functioning. Their planet actually has three sexes; male, female, and what I'm calling mani. What I'm trying to figure out is the specifics (hypothetically) of the mani reproductive cycle, as well as the physical appearance. Would they have a monthly cycle similar to that of a female, or would the testosterone production in thier bodies interfere with said cycle? Any suggestions would be more than welcome and very carefully considered. Thanks.


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    Trying to think of hermaphroditic endocrinology in terms of human sex hormones isn't really going to work. Sex determination is done in all sorts of ways by different animals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Trying to think of hermaphroditic endocrinology in terms of human sex hormones isn't really going to work. Sex determination is done in all sorts of ways by different animals.
    And plants too, BTW!
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