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How the Stages of Menopause Can Affect Your Psoriasis

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
November 21, 2022

Menopause is a completely normal part of life—it’s when a woman stops having periods and can no longer get pregnant naturally. For most women, menopause happens during their 40s or 50s, and it’s preceded by a stage known as perimenopause, which usually lasts for about four years.

During perimenopause, women may experience hot flashes, sleep disruptions, and mood changes. But that’s not all. If you have psoriasis, you may also find that your psoriatic symptoms worsen before or during menopause. Why? And what can you do about it?

The Connection Between Psoriasis and Menopause

In one study, published in Cutis, almost half of the women studied reported their psoriasis flared after menopause. Only 2 percent said their symptoms improved.