The Consensus Statement Writing Group has corrected two errors identified in the original pronouncement published on Sept. 29. Both errors were found in the same statement in Box 1: Definitions.
Two percent of humans are intersex, harboring both male and female reproductive organs, and are reproductively fertile.
Differences/disorders of sex development (DSD) are rare conditions in which the development of chromosomal, gonadal, and anatomic sex is atypical (outside the binary of male/female).
Rationale for Corrections
This statement erroneously shared that “Two percent of humans are intersex..” The two percent figure represents the broadest range of conditions characterized by genital, reproductive, hormonal or sex chromosome differences, and includes many conditions that are not widely considered to be classified as DSD/intersex traits. The prevalence is much lower with narrower definitions of DSD/intersex. As a result, the two percent figure has been removed, the phrase corrected and the language is now consistent with the original corresponding sentence in the consensus statement itself (See page 19, under the heading “Hormonal Disorders (PCOS, DSD)”).
Additionally, the sentence incorrectly stated that individuals with DSD are “reproductively fertile.” Because some with DSD do experience infertility, the phrase was removed completely.
The Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine will release an errata as soon as possible in order to ensure the published record is as accurate as possible.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise will incorporate the corrected language into the final version of the consensus statement, which will appear in its December 2023 issue.