Is Your Throat Sore Just Before Your Period?

Here’s an interesting observation by more than a handful of my female patients: Their throats are sore for a few days just before their monthly periods. It doesn’t go on to a cold or other more severe symptoms. Just a transient sore throat. Then it goes away.

If you’ve been following my blogs, articles, and especially if you read my book, Sleep, Interrupted, there’s a simple explanation. During your monthly cycles, progesterone levels increase with ovulation, but drops when there’s no egg fertilization. One relatively unknown property of progesterone is that it’s an upper airway muscle dilator. It literally tenses your tongue muscles. When in deep sleep, your muscles (as well as your tongue and other throat muscles) tend to relax to various degrees depending on your sleep stage. If you have less progesterone on board, then it’s more likely to fall back, obstructing your breathing, leading to a temporary vacuum effect in the throat, suctioning up small amounts of normal stomach juices. All this causes a temporary deep sleep deficiency. If you eat a late meal, more of these juices will come up. But once progesterone levels begin to increase again, the tongue tenses, and sleep quality improves as well.

Sometimes, the inflammation in the throat increases to the point of significant deep sleep deprivation, leading to some of the more severe symptoms as pre-menstrual headaches, fatigue, irritability, and weight gain.

For you women out there, do you experience sore throats just before your periods? Please enter your responses in the comments box below.

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357 thoughts on “Is Your Throat Sore Just Before Your Period?

  1. That is what I feel not a sore throat, but it feels like a swallowed a pill & it got stuck. I can breath fine & drink fine, but it does feel like I’m choking & my throat is closing, but it’s not. Sometimes it’s mild, but sometimes it’s extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes it last 30 min or a few hours never more than about 12. It happens in late eve & it usually keeps me up. One doc thought it was anxiety & told me to try a xanax, didn’t work. Another said allergies, no go either. My ENT looked & said to come back next time it happens, but like I said it’a always late in eve. I think it’s hormonal, but who knows

  2. I have a sore throat a day after my menstruation started. so my flow iso nother as heavy as it used to be. should I be worried or it’s normal? and this is the first time I am experiencing this.

  3. Yes I do like you said doc it makes sense now that I feel like my stomach juices are coming into my throat almost like heartburn.. interesting we learn something new everyday huh..are there foods women should eat during thier period s to help decrease this symptom??

  4. I get a sore throat usually 1-2 days prior to the start of my cycle. I have had strep throat many times in the past and have worried that it is strep, but it goes away— usually the day my cycle officially begins. Also, I’m exhausted the day or two before my cycle begins. Makes sense that I may not be getting deep sleep on those days. Thank-you. I have been wondering why this happens every month.

  5. I always get a swollen tonsil depending on which side I’ve ovulated and pain in that eat, but only since coming off cerezet contraceptive. I was on it for 10 years never had any pain or throat problems before I was on it.

  6. I get a sore throat about 3 days before my period. I used to get is consistently when i was a teenager but didn’t start happening again until i was off birth control, and only on occasion. Sometimes it is accompanied by a running nose and mild headache so i would thinknit was a cold, not pms. My theory used to be that my pms was stressing my body out and lowering my defenses to germs. It is intertesting to find out the real reason. My time between periods tends to be fairly irregular, ranging from 3 weeks to 3 months.