Can PUVA Cause Sterility?
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...
...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