Premenstrual Voice Syndrome | Menstrual Cycle and Singing | #DrDan 🎤



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 their lead up to and during their period 33 percent that's a serious statistic that I think warrants further discussion check check one check two hello everyone my name is dr. Dan and I'm a contemporary singing voice specialist it's my job to help you get the very best out of your singing voice menstrual cycles I know for many of you ladies your monthly period isn't any fun at the best of times and for some of you it can be downright excruciating now unfortunately I can't do anything to alleviate your monthly appointment with nature but I can help those of you who noticed a significant decline in the quality of your singing voice immediately prior and during menzies 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 girls I don't need to tell you how significant that is that means that your voice might not be performing at its optimum for 25% of the month now this can affect your gigs your practice and just 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 so besides the obvious what's going on here why does the voice for some women experience premenstrual dysphoria [Applause] well as you may have already guessed your hormones are to blame I I know it's always those dastardly hormones in this particular case the main culprit is believed to be the sex hormone estrogen some studies have suggested that the higher levels of estrogen observed just prior to ovulation and mensies caused a swelling of the vocal folds and surrounding laryngeal tissue and believe it or not this condition has a name premenstrual voice syndrome or PMDs for short a good label never goes astray now the main symptoms of premenstrual voice syndrome are a loss of vocal power quicker onset of vocal fatigue or reduction in singing range and for some women a raspier than usual voice furthermore dr. Robert saddle off in his book vocal health and pedagogy notes additional challenges presented by the menstrual cycle writing the premenstrual hormonal environment decreases gastric motility exacerbating Lorenzo pharyngeal reflux and abdominal bloating and cramps impairing effective breath support I had one student many years ago whose voice would reduce to less than an octave every month and you can imagine the frustration she experienced considering she typically saying across three octaves interestingly the performance industry has acknowledged and accepted PMV s as a very real concern for quite some time our classical female colleagues used to be released from performance commitments routinely commonly known as grace days the singer was excused from singing in the lead-up to and during the first few days of the menstrual cycle I think we can take a leaf out of the history books ladies you can't fight it but you can learn to manage it now before I offer you some management strategies when dealing with PMDs take a quick moment to hit the thumbs up button if you're learning something from today's video [Applause] so what can we do well not we because clearly besides sporting a ponytail I'm no woman so what can you do if premenstrual voice syndrome is a suspected issue well firstly I want you to Dyer eyes the condition of your voice when correlated with your menstrual cycle you'll need to do this over a three-month period to observe and track any recurring patterns it's easy enough to do just allocate a number between one and 10 and with one being you're poor a sense of voice and 10 being the best if you observe no notable correlation then good for you you're in the clear but if there is a significant variance in your sense of vocal condition then you'll need to consider whether the variability of your vocal condition warrants the next step and the next step for those of you who do need to sing professionally or otherwise while experiencing premenstrual voice syndrome is to visit your family doctor and discuss the use of oral contraceptive pills for some women the use of an oral contraceptive may help to alleviate the symptoms of PMDs but you should understand that in some rare cases the pill has been shown to modify the singer's range so if you're going to take a contraceptive pill when you sing then I advise you to closely monitor your voice ensuring that you haven't fixed one problem only to create another again your family doctor is best placed to advise you further on any possible side-effects from using oral contraceptives be sure to discuss your vocal concerns in detail with them ladies at the end of it all if you suspect that your voice suffers as a result of your menstrual cycle then I encourage you to not fight your body by waving further encouragement while the sensations of your PMDs are very real to you for the most part your audience cannot detect any change in the sounds you are making most of the changes caused by premenstrual voice syndrome are experienced only by the singer and not heard by the listener hopefully that offers some comfort as you seek to manage your PMDs okay we've heard enough from me a mere male on the subject over to you ladies do you suffer from PM vs and if so how have you learned to manage those times in your cycle when your voice feels less than optimum leave your comments below I know the wider community of voice essentials especially the female contingent will gain from your experience and if this is your first time watching one of my videos good day I hope you've enjoyed today's tutorial allow me to invite you over to the voice essentials channel for more videos like this one about singing performance and technique I hope you'll join our ever-growing community of like-minded singers from across the globe who just like you want to develop their voice and improve the scent out of this hunt I'm doctor Dan sing well

12 Replies to “Premenstrual Voice Syndrome | Menstrual Cycle and Singing | #DrDan 🎤”

  1. During ovulation , before and during my periods my singing voice becomes so high pictures and beautiful but just after periods my voice becomes all deep and manly

  2. Usually the first day of my period is the worst I cramp a lot on my first day drinking lots of water and creating a calm environment cause I also have anxiety helps me a lot

  3. Being in that 33% is frustrating! Plus, my brain still hasn't clicked in and so I find myself wondering why my range disappears and my voice is more easily fatigued at certain times of my cycle! Duh! Thanks for bringing this to my attention again.

  4. I'm so glad that I've discovered you!!

    You deserve more subscribers and view because you're simply awesome!

    Thank you!!!

  5. Hey Dan I'm really confused and had no idea this was possible but in this video https://youtu.be/YVCV6hyv7ac In the first verse, The Weeknd is singing throughout C4-F4 without going louder at all. How is he doing this and what is the technique he's usin called? Because I can't sing above C4 unless I increase my volume

  6. Thank you for this Dr Dan. I'm happy to find a vocal specialist who is willing to deal with sensitive, and very important, topics like this. Now that I am officially a "senior citizen", monthly hormonal changes are no longer an issue for me. However, I have discovered that with diminishing estrogen levels comes difficulty reaching high notes, or sounding squeaky in notes that previously were full and strong. Is it true that our (female) vocal cords get thicker as we get older? I'd love to see a video about the aging human voice. I'm also very interested in what happens to male vocal cords as they age. And is there anything we older folks can do to keep our voices strong and sounding good? Thanks for all your great videos and info.

  7. Hi Dr Dan, good and interesting info once again. And I really like your sense of humour, so thanks for all that!
    Here are a couple of points that I think are worth pointing out though…

    Sex hormones , yes..an absolute pain for probably the majority of us women. The two major ones we hear about are Oestrogen and progesterone, which take turns rising and falling in any given monthly(or thereabouts) cycle. The oestrogen rises and peaks prior to ovulation, so we feel pretty darn good and the voice actually sounds rather good too..I don't know if other singers ever notice they can hit higher notes and with ease at this midcycle point, but I can, and it is a joy:)

    I think you probably meant that progesterone is the specific culprit pre-menstrually, as this is what rises prior to having a period then drops away at day 1 of period (hallelujah!)
    So, it brings about those other changes in our bodies…the bloats, the tiredness, the grumpiness, skin changes etc(obviously varies from one person to the next)..and the change in vocal performance.
    I won't go into more detail here, but hey, let's just be aware that pregnancy, and menopause will bring about a shift in all this too..
    So, an inevitable course our voices will take(I like Yoda).

    All in all, PMS, PMVS , etc is not fun, but being humans, and female ones at that, I strongly advocate listening to our bodies and looking after them, hence our voices.
    That also means not feeling even more frustrated if you can't quite sing "that" song as well, it just means we need to be patient, things will improve after your period comes, and your voice will too. Perhaps even use this to change up your repertoire, try varying styles to suit your "grace" voice..hah, I don't know, just a thought!

    Also, going on the oral contraceptive pill is a big big thing and yes, consult at length with your GP, before taking that path to manage your voice alone.
    As well as its benefits in alleviating PMS/PMVS, it will have a load of side effects, and your body will not thank you for those!

    It is a fascinating topic. You "mere males "(haha, that was funny!:)) out there are lucky with repect to hormones. Apparently there is IMS (Irritable male syndrome) but you can probably still sing just fine!

    Cheers from Tassie:),
    Lin.

  8. I have noticed that my range can be only slightly limited the week before. I've noticed that if I calmly and gently go through my range I can get the notes back. Although, there have been times though where I just had to have faith that my voice will bounce back in a few days to avoid pushing or getting frustrated. I'm usually working it so very gently though. I always focus on my breathing first and breathe very deeply and low for 30 breaths usually breaking them up into 10 at a time when I started. Then I put a mic up to my mouth and do my scales very quietly while keeping my jaw, throat, and shoulders totally relaxed. Sometimes if I have trouble I sing the word "sing" and hang on the "ng" sound starting at the bottom of my range and going up to the top and wherever there are breaks, I smooth them out in the "ng" sound until I can go up and down with ease. Relaxation and patience help for the time around or of my period.

    I love the tip of keeping a journal!! I am so going to start doing that, thank you!!

  9. Wow! This is grt! So very helpful. I was just about to make an appt w/ the ENT. But you hit the nail on the head. Thank you Dr. Dan. I'm a lead singer & rapper in a high energy cvr band. 6 nites /4 sets for 3-6mths. I am constantly fighting 1 vocal issue or another😒. I could barely get out the chorus of Proud Mary tonight😣I feel as if sound like Marge Simpson😅 I'm new to your vids! love your style of teaching….I need help big time!

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