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

  1. Hi guys!

    I’ve just read all your comments and have been experiencing what feels like a “lump” in my throat for a couple of months now…it only seems to be the day or two before my period and goes away after a few days at most. never turns into a cold. I’m only 22 and don’t want this to become a monthly thing, anyone know of any natural ways to help this horrible feeling?

  2. Every month I experience fatigue, headaches, sore throat with runny nose but not a proper cold. Also get extreme sugar cravings and my normally healthy diet goes out the window.

  3. I sing in a choir, play a musical instrument, and play a sport, and for the past two years I thought I just lost my voice once a month, every month. I only noticed this year, that this occurred right before my period, while I’m PMSing. My symptoms include a sore throat, losing my voice, and congestion, but that’s it. My doctor has also told me that I have Vocal Cord Dysfunction, so that could be a cause as well.

  4. Hi everyone,
    I also wishing the past five or so years have been battling with an extremely sore throat right before my periods. This happens EVERY month. I’ve talked to and seen 5 different doctors all who don’t believe me when I think it’s hormone related. I have tried “skipping” my period with a doctors supervision by inserting another Nuva Ring before my period that worked for the first two times but on the 3rd and 4th ring I experience both spotting and a bad sore throat. Does anyone have a remedy that has fixed this or know of a specialist doctor?

  5. I have been experiencing for about a week before my pms headache sore throath nose pain with like allergic sneezing and runny nose body aches and hot and cold flushing tighten of chest and also heart palpitations not evreytime… This has only started over last 6 months I’m 33years old ….

  6. This is very interesting. It happens frequently enough that I know it is a sign my period is starting soon. I always wondered what the deal was because it only lasts a day or so and always corresponds with my period. I just get a raw patch in the same spot.

  7. Hi, I take two evening primrose oil capsules every morning and night and it has helped so much. I once stopped taking them and the sore throat came back. Give it a go, it’s an affordable option.

  8. Right before my period I get a little bump inside my mouth on my lip sore throat sinus it’s so bad can you please explain that to me please

  9. Two days prior to my period I get a sore throats and what feels similar to a head cold. I’m extremely fatigued and irritable. I’ve also gain about 40 pounds since I began experiencing this. I’ve spoken with my doctor repeatedly and they act like I’m making it up. Would love some help. It’s difficult dealing with this ever month.

  10. This describes my symptoms perfectly. I knew somehow hormones wete related but couldnot put all the pieces together. I knew somehow stomach acid was involved. I even look into headaches associated with acid refulx. Now, how to alleviate this problem??

  11. Amazingly, I have recently discovered that DayQuil and NyQuil have been amazingly helpful in relieving my PMS and period aches and pains. I have become unable to take Advil or Motrin and Tylenol only helps a tiny bit but the “Quils” are having positive effects on my pain and my allergies. “Killing two birds with one stone” some might say.

  12. I’m 45 and getting a sore throat, cold feeling plus a PMS headache for 3 days happens before I start my period. Of course fatigue….It’s been a tough few years of dealing with these symptoms every month…Wish there was a cure!

  13. I also suffer with very bad sore throat and runny nose every month. Two days before my period, so it’s a warning it’s on it’s way! My symptoms last between 2-4 days depending on how heavy my period is. Then magically they go away on their own. It’s very frustrating, but reassuring to see these posts as I don’t know anyone else that experiences this. Would love to know how to stop the symptoms as they can be really bad some months.