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Does psoriasis lower my chances of getting pregnant?

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No. Psoriasis doesn’t affect your chances of getting pregnant. But like any other condition, it’s smart to tell your OB or midwife if you’ve had psoriasis in the past. It’s also a good idea to discuss your pregnancy plans with the doctor who treats your psoriasis -- probably, that’s your dermatologist. Your medical team can help answer any questions you have about skin care before and during pregnancy.

All the healthy things that you do to feel your best will help improve your chances of a flare-free pregnancy. Avoid your psoriasis triggers as best you can, especially stress.

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

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