Sexual Health Q&A

What happens when psoriasis occurs on the genitals?

Genital psoriasis can occur in several places:

• penis
• scrotum
• vulva
• vaginal area
• anal area
• pubic area
• upper thighs

During a flare-up, these areas may become red and itchy. Some women with psoriasis experience pain and bleeding during sex.

Men may choose to use condoms (sometimes with lubricant under the condom) to avoid further irritation.

A doctor can provide the best advice on how to handle sexual relations during an episode of genital psoriasis.