Hormones, Pregnancy and Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hormones, Pregnancy and Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Many women experience their first HS lesions during pregnancy or right after delivery. Also, some women experience a worsening of HS around these times. Watch to find out why this may be and learn safe ways of managing HS if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant.



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  • Azita

    Reply Reply April 15, 2019


    I have HS and I have plan to be pregnant. What should I consider? previously I’ve used Tetracyclin and Clindomycin for the treatment, didn’t work. So I tried injection and it worked but then after 6 months it started again. Can I take injection during pregnancy?

    Best Regards,

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 18, 2019

      Yes – it is considered safe to take biologic injections during pregnancy, as long as your doctor approves. We have patients who have used them during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Best of luck to you! 🙂

  • Lissa Benoit

    Reply Reply April 30, 2019

    Do the inflammations decrease if you stop breastfeeding?

  • Ashley

    Reply Reply December 1, 2020

    can you get pregnant if you have hs?

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply December 4, 2020

      Hi, Ashley –
      Yes; women with HS can still get pregnant and deliver healthy babies! Just know that women with HS are more likely to have thyroid issues or polycystic ovary syndrome, and those conditions can make it harder to get pregnant. It’s always a good idea to have a thorough lab workup for blood sugar, insulin, thyroid markers, and sex hormones. ~Dr. B

  • Fiona

    Reply Reply December 15, 2020

    Can hs cause inferlity & early onset of menopause, I’ll be 39 soon & would like to try for a baby soon.

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply December 16, 2020

      Hi, Fiona –
      HS doesn’t cause infertility or early menopause directly, but women with HS are more likely to have thyroid issues or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Both of these conditions can impact fertility. What these conditions have in common with HS is that they’re rooted in inflammation (and very commonly insulin resistance, too). Be sure to join our Help for HS newsletter if you haven’t done so already, because we take you step-by-step through all of the important changes that you can make to restore your health! https://bit.ly/3aidPpg

      • Kimberly Landeros

        Reply Reply January 3, 2021

        Hello I am 29 years old I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and have been dealing with HS since I was 21 .i have been considered by my obgyn as a high risk pregnancy . I have noticed that being pregnant has made it harder for my flare ups to calm down..i want to thank u for this very informative video as I learned alot today from it ..

        • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

          Reply Reply January 4, 2021

          Thank you for sharing your experience, Kimberly. Yes — some women experience improvements during pregnancy, while others may experience HS for the very first time or flare badly. I’m so glad that you found this video helpful. Best of luck to you, and I’m sending you wishes for a healthy baby (and a healthy YOU!).

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