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The Menstrual Cycle and Singing

Premenstrual Voice Syndrome

The main symptoms of Premenstrual Voice Syndrome are a loss of vocal power, quicker onset of vocal fatigue, a reduction in singing range, and for some women a raspier than usual voice. Ladies, the Menstrual cycle can have a serious effect on your singing. Research estimates that at least one in three women will experience some form of vocal disturbance in the lead up to and during their period. Thirty-three percent.

Unfortunately, I can’t do anything to alleviate your monthly appointment with nature, but I can help those of you who notice a significant decline in the quality of your singing voice immediately prior and during menses. In fact, some women will also note a change in their voice during ovulation. All told, the menstrual cycle can have a unique impact on the female voice for the equivalent of approximately seven days.

Premenstrual Voice Syndrome can affect your gigs, your practice and your singing lessons. I have some female students who feel comfortable enough to declare at the commencement of their lesson that they are currently at ‘that time of the month’ and we cater to the condition of the voice accordingly.

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