Helping you manage your psoriatic arthritis


Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can make having sexual intercourse challenging. There can be challenges for everyone, but research suggests women, people with lower mood, older people, people with worse symptoms and people with genital psoriasis may experience more difficulties.


Getting good control of your psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis by using your treatments can improve some of these difficulties.


Some people find it helpful to discuss their difficulties with sex and intimacy with their healthcare team as they may be able to offer treatment and advice.


Having an open conversation with your sexual partner(s) can be the first step to finding solutions that work for you. Some people find there are some activities they find more enjoyable or easier than others. You can explore this together.

This Action Plan is designed to help you:

Intimacy PDF

Just download it, Save it to your desktop and fill in your notes.

Or print it out and fill in your notes.

It’s a helpful reminder of all the small things you can do to make a difference.

It's important for me to be close to my husband as there are so many other things, we haven't been able to do together over the years. Now I try to think about being physically close in a positive way. I just try to do it when I'm feeling able. But try not to be too hard on myself if I can't manage.
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Background Evidence

Background Evidence

View the evidence supporting our recommendations here
Intimacy The advice given has been taken from the following evidence, expert opinion of healthcare professionals who look after people with psoriatic arthritis and the views of people living with psoriatic arthritis.