(February, 1999)

Can PUVA Cause Sterility?
by Kate

Dear Ed: I am an old lady (68) and have had psoriasis for more than 30 years. Four of my five children have P. One of the four has arthritic P. Bad!

One of my children has had all treatments known to man, including PUVA.

My question is, can PUVA cause sterility? Our dermatologist says no and two other docs say yes. Has anyone heard of this complication? -Kate


Ed's Response: I've checked through my NPF literature and this site...
http://www.dermnet.org.nz/dna.puva/puva.html ...and found no mention of PUVA possibly causing sterility. Perhaps other readers have heard of associations? I don't believe the electromagnetic radiation at the light wavelengths does damage to testicles. As a military radioman in the late sixties and early seventies, I was warned about sterility from long exposure to microwave emissions but never against nude sunbathing. On the other hand, when I was undergoing UVA/B treatments myself, the derm, nurses and all the literature urged me to "keep genitals covered." (Without asking, I assumed that was to protect against burn ... which was quite sufficient deterrent for me!) -Ed

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