Clinical analysis of voice change as a parameter of premenstrual syndrome

J Voice. 2001 Jun;15(2):278-83. doi: 10.1016/S0892-1997(01)00028-5.


We have evaluated the relationship between voice change and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by comparing acoustic measurements made during the follicular phase and the premenstrual phase. Twenty-eight women were followed for 2 months for this study. Each participant was asked to produce an /a/ sound for 5 seconds at the midfollicular phase of the menstrual cycle and then 2-3 days before menstruation. Each voice sample was stored and analyzed by the Dr. Speech Science program. The voice data collected from all subjects during the two phases were compared. After that, the subjects were divided into a PMS-positive and PMS-negative group according to the criteria cited in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV); the voice data from each group were compared separately between the two phases. There was no significant difference in the acoustic parameters between the two phases in all subjects (N = 28). In the PMS-positive group (N = 16), jitter was significantly increased during the premenstrual phase compared to the follicular phase (p = 0.048). The patient's PMS score was not correlated with the severity of voice change. We conclude that the change of voice parameter was objectively identified in the PMS-positive group, therefore more careful voice habituation is required during the premenstrual phase in that group.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Estrogens / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / metabolism
  • Premenstrual Syndrome / psychology*
  • Progesterone / metabolism
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Voice Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Voice Disorders / etiology*
  • Voice Quality*


  • Estrogens
  • Progesterone