Women and Psoriasis
For women, treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis 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.
The National Psoriasis Foundation is here to help wade through some of these issues, so you can thrive with psoriatic disease. And remember, our Patient Navigation Center is here to answer your questions, learn about treatments and connect you with the right health care provider.
Pregnancy and nursing
Growing your family can be a stressful time for any woman. Couple that with managing your psoriatic disease can add an extra level of worry.
If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, there are many issues to take into consideration if you have psoriatic disease. Should you modify your treatment plan? Did you know that some see an improvement in symptoms during pregnancy? How will your medication impact breastfeeding?
To explore the issues and factors concerning pregnancy and psoriasis, visit our pregnancy and breastfeeding learning page.
- New: NPF Pregnancy Guide
- Blog: Preparing for pregnancy
- Blog: How to survive pregnancy when you have psoriasis
Relationships and sex
Starting a new relationship while living with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis can be tricky. Having to explain your disease on a first date is not the ideal icebreaker when getting to know someone new.
Further, for many women living with genital psoriasis – sometimes called inverse psoriasis, depending on where it is located – intimacy with your partner can bring on a whole host of complications to consider.
To learn about treating your genital psoriasis and how to communicate with your partner about issues concerning intimacy and psoriasis, request our free guide.
- Blog: 5 tips for living with genital psoriasis
- Blog: How does psoriatic disease affect intimacy?
- Learning page: Psoriasis and relationships
If you’re living with psoriatic disease, you know it’s not the only medical situation to keep an eye out on. Those with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis have a higher risk of developing other serious health conditions – like cancer, heart disease and diabetes –known as comorbidities.
Learn more about related health conditions and what you can do to live a healthier lifestyle by visiting our comorbidities associated with psoriatic disease learning page.
- Blog: How skin disease links to other health risks
- Blog: Protect yourself from a nasty flu season
- Psoriasis One-to-One
Your emotional well-being
Juggling a career, family and psoriatic disease is a difficult task for anybody – no matter the severity your disease. While sticking to a treatment plan that works for you is important, the other side of the equation is making sure that you are staying mentally healthy.
From developing a strong personal support system, to discussing your concerns with your health care providers, there are many ways to lessen the emotional burden that can come with psoriatic disease.
To learn more about how psoriatic disease can impact your life, and tips on managing the mental stress of it, request our emotional impacts of psoriatic disease fact sheet.