Women and Psoriasis

No doubt about it—treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in women has extra considerations. You may be wondering how your psoriatic disease will affect your plans to start a family. You may be struggling with the stigma of having a visible skin condition. You even may have questions about how your condition will affect dating and intimacy.

After talking with women with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, as well as researchers and health care professionals, the National Psoriasis Foundation put together a free booklet to address the unique concerns of women with psoriatic disease.

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15 pages of information compiled for women with psoriatic disease

Here's some of what you can find in our new booklet, The Skin You're In:

Treatment guidelines for pregnancy, conception and nursing

Certain treatments, such as methotrexate and soriatane, are absolute no-nos when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. Learn which psoriatic disease treatments are safe to take during this time as well as which treatments you absolutely want to avoid.
Delivering a baby if you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis sometimes requires special accommodations. We provide tips for planning ahead.
Many women find their psoriasis improves during pregnancy but flares horribly after birth. Our booklet contains ways to manage and even prevent those flare-ups.
Treating psoriatic arthritis or severe psoriasis during conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding requires special considerations. Get the latest information.

Tips for living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

People with psoriatic disease are more likely to feel depressed than the rest of the population. Learn the signs of depression and get the latest info on which psoriatic disease treatments can help your disease and possibly help with depression.
Women with psoriatic disease are at risk for other conditions such as metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Our booklet contains exercise and diet tips that can reduce your risk for some of these conditions.

Advice for dating, relationships and intimacy

Genital psoriasis is a reality for an estimated 50 percent of people with psoriasis. Our booklet covers the best ways to treat psoriasis in this sensitive area as well as real-life advice for making sure it doesn’t interfere with your sex life.
Starting a new relationship can be nerve-racking, especially if you have a chronic condition. We’ve talked to women who have been there and done it, and want to share what they’ve learned.