The effect of menstrual cycle on singing voice: A systematic review

Gunjawate, Dhanshree R and Aithal, Venkataraja U and Ravi, Rohit and Bhumika, TV (2017) The effect of menstrual cycle on singing voice: A systematic review. Journal of Voice, 31 (2). pp. 188-194. ISSN 0892-1997

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Summary: Objective: Research has reported the difference in a woman’s voice across the different stages of the menstrual cycle. A review of the studies in singers on the influence of menstruation on the singing voice will enable a better understanding of these changes. Methods/Design: A systematic literature search was carried out on PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Cochrane, and regional electronic databases. The keywords “menstrual cycle,” “voice change,” and “singer” were used in different combinations. Only those articles that discussed the effect of menstrual cycle on the singing voice were included in the final review. Results: Six studies in the English language were identified and included in the review. Hormonal variations occur to a great extent during menstrual cycle, and these variations can influence the voice of singers. A great variability was found in the included studies. There are limited studies that have been carried out exploring the relationship between menstrual cycle and the singing voice. Conclusion: Even though the studies included in the review point out toward the changes in the singing voice associated with menstrual cycle, there is a need for more studies to be carried out in diverse singing populations and in different outcome measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: menstrual cycle; voice; singers; hormonal variations; systematic review.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Speech and Hearing
Departments at MU > Public Health
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 04:09
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 04:09

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