Psoriasis and the couple. Psoriasis and couple intimacy. Psoriasis cause a strong impact producing a change in your intimate relationships when sensitive areas such as the genital ones or other parts of the body are affected for psoriasis outbreaks. Genital psoriasis is a disorder that affects men and women alike.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that manifests itself through lesions that vary in degree and size.
A high sense of shame along with anxiety and depression, tiredness, fatigue, lack of energy, a sense of worthlessness and the resulting loss of self-esteem are symptoms already known and are exacerbated when psoriasis affects areas such as arms, legs and scalp. They cause a strong impact producing a change in your intimate relationships when sensitive areas such as the genital ones or other parts of the body are affected for psoriasis outbreaks.
However, we must take into account the fact that, no matter where the disease manifests, we feel embarrassed, a mental and physical block occurs that even leads us to avoid sexual intercourse.
In fact, it is common in those cases where psoriasis manifests only in areas close to intimate parts, that men and, especially, women think about other options, particularly in adolescence, a stage in which doubts and anxiety find favorable conditions.
Let's think about how embarrassing and painful psoriasis can be when it directly affects the genital area and sometimes shows disabling features.
Genital psoriasis is a disorder that affects men and women alike and has symptoms similar to those that usually appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands and feet. However, we may also find similarities with other diseases such as candidiasis, fungi, eczema and venereal diseases, so another problem arises besides shame and pain; more time is needed for your diagnosis.
The affected areas differ in men and women:
• In men, the most affected areas are: the penis (36%) followed by the scrotum (33%), the glans (29%) and the anus.
• In women, 51% of patients have the labia majora, 28% in the perineum area, and 23% of the cases, in the labia minora and the anus.
To better understand this disease at the genital level, an outline of the problem should be made by separating physical symptoms from psychological symptoms.
The physical symptoms are: severe itching, burning, redness and irritation of the aforementioned areas characterized by the formation of inflammatory plaques with whitish flakes that sometimes turn red, smooth in appearance and often confused with warts.
The psychological ones are: anxiety, concentration and sleeping problems and nervousness, but above all loss of desire, rejection and low quality of sexual relation that, therefore, disturbs our perception of feeling attractive and sexually desirable.
We must specify that this type of long-term attitudes can trigger depression, so much so that the affected person only thinks about this condition and forgets to live, acting and projecting everything based on this illness, especially the life as a couple.
Special attention has to be paid to the combination of embarrassment and discomfort and major mood changes.
As we have mentioned before, an additional issue arises. It is the fact that patients don’t break the ice to talk about the problem and when they go to the doctor and dermatologists hardly ask such direct questions. Many women avoid talking to their dermatologist, (and also their gynecologist) about severe psoriasis-related symptoms such as localized pain (39%) and dyspareunia or vagina or pelvis pain during sexual intercourse because they don’t feel comfortable.
It should be noted that it sometimes, paradoxically, takes a positive turn because some women have the support and confidence of their couple to tell and share the problem, who in turn encourages them to talk to the dermatologist and/or gynaecologist and gives them support during treatment.
It’s really important to have the support of the partner, not only to maintain the quality of life, but also to contribute to psoriasis course.
Even if you feel very close to your couple, it might be
difficult for her/him to understand what you are feeling. Remember that your partner will feel bad seeing you suffer, despite not knowing how to prove it or how to help you overcome the
In this way, you can do your part as well by explaining open and sincerely what you feel, especially what you want her/him to do for you. Choose the right moment and take your time to talk and listen to each other, of course, it won’t be easy, but this positive progress is based on a change of our attitude and those around us toward the situation.
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