Psoriasis linked to lower fertility, higher rate of pregnancy loss

We found that pregnancy loss occurred in about 1 in 5 pregnancies in patients with psoriasis, and approximately 95% of these occurred in the first trimester. Photo: Pexels

(Kimberly Drake/ Health News) — Though scientists aren’t sure why women with psoriasis are more likely to experience fertility and pregnancy challenges, they say healthcare providers should be aware of the increased risk.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune inflammatory skin condition that causes the overproduction of skin cells. Symptoms of the disorder include thick, red areas on the skin that may crack and cause discomfort, fingernail issues, and joint pain.

Though other autoimmune and inflammatory disorders are known to impact pregnancy negatively, previous research investigating fertility and pregnancy outcomes in women with psoriasis has produced conflicting findings.

However, a new study published on June 7 in JAMA Dermatology has shed more light on the impact psoriasis may have on fertility and pregnancy. (…)