Sexual Health Q&A

How does psoriasis affect sexuality?

Many people with psoriasis – both men and women – feel self-conscious about their condition and nervous about intimacy. They might worry that a partner won’t find them attractive or desirable. Partners may be anxious as well, especially if they don’t know much about psoriasis.

Discussing psoriasis openly is one way to tackle these issues. Explaining what psoriasis is and how it’s treated can help a partner understand the situation. Reassurance that psoriasis is not contagious can also put that partner at ease.

It’s also important to discuss any adjustments that may be needed during sex. Psoriasis can be painful, so talking about what feels good and what is uncomfortable can be a huge help. Techniques like dimming the lights may also help partners feel less self-conscious and more relaxed, making sex more enjoyable.

Some people with psoriasis feel anxious about dating and starting new sexual relationships, to the point that they become depressed and withdrawn. Therapy can help, along with talking to trusted friends or a support group. People who have been through similar experiences can provide tips and encouragement.