How does psoriasis change as women get older

How does psoriasis change as women get older

The effects of psoriasis change throughout a woman’s life. Many experts think hormones trigger immune system changes in the skin of women with psoriasis, so symptoms may get worse or better at certain times in your life.

Here’s what you can expect.


Around the ages of 7-13, your body starts producing sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.

These hormones can play a role in
inflammation and affect the immune systemcausing the onset or worsening of psoriasis.


The first time you get your period, high levels of estrogen can cause some skin cells to overproduce, which can make psoriasis worse.

Hormone levels rise and fall during the menstrual cycle, so your psoriasis can flare up or improve at different times of the month.

Many women report that their psoriasis gets worse
just before the periodwhen estrogen levels are low. Symptoms may improve during the middle of the cycle when estrogen levels are highest.


During pregnancy, your body produces high levels of estrogen and other hormones that can provide a temporary break from psoriasis symptoms.

In one
study of women with psoriasis, nearly 9 out of 10 saw their skin improve or stabilize during pregnancy.

study found that over half of women said their symptoms improved during pregnancy, but 2 in 3 said their psoriasis got worse after giving birth.

After pregnancy, hormone levels return to normal, so your psoriasis may flare up.

If you’re taking medication to treat your psoriasis, it’s important to talk to your care team as soon as you start thinking about having a baby. Certain drugs
they must be stopped for several months before getting pregnant.


perimenopauseAs a woman’s body begins to make the transition to menopause, hormonal ups and downs, particularly the drop in estrogen levels, can make psoriasis worse.

In a study of menopausal women with psoriasis, nearly half said they were in menopause
worsened their conditionand only 2% showed improvement.

Management of hormonal flare-ups

If your psoriasis is getting worse and you suspect that hormones may be to blame, talk to a healthcare professional who understands how hormones affect your condition.

Together, you can discuss treatment options, such as medications that can help relieve flare-ups, no matter where you are in your life.

This resource was created with support from Eli Lilly.

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