Is Your Throat Sore Just Before Your Period?

January 28, 2010

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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270 Responses to “Is Your Throat Sore Just Before Your Period?”

  1.   Is Your Throat Sore Just Before Your Period? — Holy Hormones, Honey! on January 29th, 2010 9:47 pm

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  2. karni eldad on February 6th, 2010 11:22 am

    yes. it hurts. beeing a singer it terrifies me because I can't sing. it goes on during the period and stops when it stops. it's been like this for over a decade. what can I do?

  3. paula on February 7th, 2010 6:17 am

    Wow – I always get a sore throat before my period and now on Ovulation too. I wondered if there was a connection

  4. RKS on March 22nd, 2010 12:28 am

    Dear Dr,  Park
    IT  was nice to have seen your articfle on ' Is Your Throat Sore Just Before Your Period'. Now my wife has a problem. She is 50 yrs. She is in the menopausal stage. Because of ireeguar bleeding she is on MPA for 20 days. Now she has a problem of haveing some throat pain in the evening by 4-6 pm .
    These sort of pains used to be there when  earlier and the nature is that when the bleeding stards for one week she has no throat pain. When the new cycle starts initial stages there is nothing much but befor period she gets the problem.
    Now that she is on MPA i thought it could be due to Progesterone levels changes and yes she experiences the pain in the throat on some days. This is was nil when she had bleeding.
    So does this mean that increased progesterone or fluctauting progesterone causes this throat pain like problem in women of menopausal age ?
    All other parameters of hers are In normal limits.
    Recently we  did a TV Ultrasonogaram of Uterus- Normal . It whsows the disturbed histology of the endometrium due to hormonal imbalance.
    A uterine biopsy was done for small fibroid and it is found to due to hormonal disturbance .
    ECG, ECHO etc are normal. She had BP for whiich she is on metoprolol and Losarten and is under contro.
    Now is it possible for Progesterone levles to cause throat pains in Menopausal women
    Kindly clarify.
    Thanks and regard
    RKS Nair

  5. spring on May 10th, 2010 6:42 pm

    I can't believe it.  I always thought it was the strangest thing that just as my period is due, my throat gets really sore, my nose runs,., Now I think I know why.

  6. Shaunna on May 11th, 2010 6:57 pm

    So I'm not crazy!!!! I've been searching the internet for the past hour and a half trying to find out why I get a sore throat right before my period every month.  Thank you!

  7. Pei Hwee Tan on May 13th, 2010 1:34 pm

    I am getting crazy with this pain in the throat. It has been getting worse this year. And it does go onto a cold, my nose has been running non-stop today! Is there anything to do?
    Pei

  8. Lori on May 26th, 2010 8:46 am

    Finally, someone that seems to be on to something. I thought I was crazy because I developed severe sleep apnea a year ago and sometimes I sleet like a baby and sometimes I would go to sleep and dream about smothering and not being able to breath. It affected me so much that I thought I was going to go insane. Now that we know this, what are some options out there????

  9. Steven Park on May 26th, 2010 8:51 am

    Lori,

    First, read my book. Then make sure that you're treating your sleep apnea condition definitively.

  10. Cam on May 26th, 2010 7:34 pm

     
    The last few months I have had unexplained sore throats.  It makes swallowing difficult and moving my tongue hurts.  I didn't realize that they occured right before my menstrual cycle until I read this article and recognized the correlation.  Also, in the past few months, I have had trouble sleeping through an entire night the week before my period.

  11. Lynsey on June 1st, 2010 5:35 am

    Ive just been to my doctor this morning.  Im a singer I work around 3nights a week and every month I have a sore thoat where I cant sing any notes in the higher part of my voice.  I have only just realised that it happens the 1st day of my period.  I explained this to my doctor and he looked at me like i was crazy, im sick of going back and forward to my GP to be told its viral and theres nothing they can do, I knew it was hormonal, i just knew.  However this didnt start for me until I had surgery to have an ovary removed.  What can I do I cant continue like this its really getting me down and my doctor doesnt seem interested.

  12. Steven Park on June 1st, 2010 9:47 am

    Lynsey,

    If you're working late, you're probably eating later, right? This is a common problem for singers and actors, and performers in general. Try to time it so that you don't eat within 3-4 hours of bedtime. The same goes for alcohol. There are a number of other conservative tips that I go over in my various articles on this site. If you want one, concise place, then my book has a lot more information. Good luck.

  13. Angie on June 15th, 2010 7:17 am

    I think I have had a strep test almost every month this year, all negative.  I started to pay  more attention to when my sore throat occurs and sure enough – it is always around the time of my period.  I also experience sleep deprivation around this time.  My husband said I do snore but has never noticed apnea although a Dr. did recommend I go to a sleep clinic a few years back!  I think I will look into that now!  Thanks

  14. C on June 17th, 2010 6:07 pm

    Like Angie, I feel like I have strep EVERY month when I have my period. However, it has not always been like this.  I had endometrial ablation over a year ago and only since the birth of my 3 year old has all of this been really bad. Headaches (diagnosed as migraines) and the throat has been awful all during my period.  Could this really be the explanation? Is there a solution? 

  15. Tonya on July 10th, 2010 8:22 am

    Yes, this happens to me every single month I get a sore throat along side migranes its gets worse with every month and my periods are moving up to three weeks apart now instead of four, I have 1 week out of the month that I feel good the rest is consumed with pre – during – and post symtoms I can't take it anymore. I'm extremely fatigued, irratable you name it I got it, and its very heavy.
    Any advice? Its consuming my life right now.

  16. Amy on July 27th, 2010 9:57 am

    I get a sore throat nearly every month about a week before my period.  I have to take antibiotics when this happens because my sinuses are congested and I have symptoms of a sinus infection.  If I take antibiotics, the sore throat goes away and within a week or so, my sinuses clear up until the next month.  One doctor explained to me that a woman's mucus increases around this time and thickens and this is what causes the sinus problems/sore throat.  How can I stoop this?  I know I shouldn't take antibiotics every month, but what else can I do?  Will Guaifenesin help?  I would appreciate any suggestions!!

  17. Steven Park on July 27th, 2010 10:15 am

    Amy,

    Your sore throat and sinus problems are connected. Sinus pain and pressure is due to overly sensitive nerve endings in your nose and sinuses. If you were to get a CT of the sinuses during an “infection,” it would be completely normal. This condition is a variation of a migraine attack that’s happening in your sinuses and can lead to congestion, pressure, mucous buildup and post-nasal drip. If you’re eating close to bedtime, make sure to avoid eating anything within 3-4 hours of bedtime. The same rule applies with any alcohol, since it relaxes your muscles and you’ll stop breathing more often. Make sure that you’re not sleeping on your back. Try using Breathe Rite Strip during sleep as well as to irrigate your nose with saline nightly (such as a Neti-Pot). By doing all these conservative maneuvers, you’re sleep quality should improve, and your sore throat and sinus problems should improve as well. If this doesn’t work, or you want to take it to the next level, I describe all the steps in various articles on my website or in my book.

    Good luck.

  18. Cynthia on July 28th, 2010 5:08 pm

    Hi,
    I've always wondered why I had a sore throat right before my period; I thought it was because the immunity in women for some reason was down, right before the period starts…. I also get bad migraines right before my period and when the period is diminishing. The migraines are not usually really bad, but once every maybe 3 months they are really bad that they make me throw up. Is that normal? What is your explanation for that? Thank you.

  19. Steven Park on July 28th, 2010 5:14 pm

    Coincidentally, there’s a NY Times piece on migraines and menstrual cycles that I commented on (post #2), which explains why you get migraines.

  20. Cynthia on July 28th, 2010 6:12 pm

    I read your comment and it is exactly how I feel every month. Do you perform any type of procedure in your office in order to lessen these migraines?
    Thank you,

  21. Steven Park on July 28th, 2010 7:16 pm

    Cynthia,
    I don't do procedures for migraines, such as Botox. I address the problem holistically by helping you to breathe better while you sleep. After a comprehensive history and exam, including an endoscopic exam of your upper airways, I begin with a simple step-by-step conservative approach, which helps the majority of people. If it doesn't work, then we keep moving up to different levels of sleep-breathing disorder treatments. 

  22. Monica Murphy on July 31st, 2010 8:58 am

    Yes!  Yesterday afternoon I started to get a very sore throat and this morning I started my period.  The same thing happened last month!  After thinking about it, I have had this occur for years–sore throat right before my period.  What is most annoying is the cough at night which prevents me from getting adequate sleep.

  23. Regina Becker on August 1st, 2010 12:10 pm

    Dear Dr,
    I'm a 3rd generation migraine sufferer. A Surgeon once told me my jaw should be pushed 1cm . Would this type of surgery that many starletts do for cosmetic reasons, give my big ol' tongue and airways more room?

  24. Steven Park on August 1st, 2010 6:33 pm

    Ms. Becker,

    I can’t say for sure without examining you, but if you did push your jaws FORWARD 1 am, then it should in theory open up your breathing passageways. This operation alone cures about 90 to 95% of obstructive sleep apnea.

  25. Steven Park on August 1st, 2010 6:37 pm

    Ms. Murphy,

    Your stomach juices that come up more often just before your periods not only causes a sore throat, but also can cause a cough. These are the classic symptoms of what I call Pre-Mentrual Laryngo-Pharyngeal Reflux Diseases (PMLPRD).

  26. Judy Schwartz on August 4th, 2010 9:03 am

    Dear Dr. Park,
    Since menopause I have had frequent sore throats and taken antacids and allergy medications.  Two years ago I had a carotid artery dissection and the doctors stopped my Vivelle estrogen patch and progesterone Mirena ring before we knew the cause of the mild stroke I had from the dissection.  Then my sleep became very disrupted and I was exhausted all the time for over 1 year.  I started going to the doctor frequently to improve my health.  The ENT doctor put me on Prilosec to decrease stomach acid from affecting my larynx and causing a chronic cough.  Then I was diagnosed with sleep apnea due to negative chest pressure (no apneas), and awakening 42 times in 4 hours.
    I had wondered if the sore throat and chronic cough were from the negative pressure drawing acid into my larynx.  Now that I have read your article I realized the sleep apnea became significant after the withdrawal of the estrogen and progesterone.
    If I went back on the hormones could that treat the apnea?  Have  you ever recommended hormones in menopausal women to increase muscle tone in the throat?   I hate using the CPAP machine.
    Thanks,   Judy

  27. Steven Park on August 4th, 2010 10:43 am

    Ms. Schwartz,

    Due to your carotid issues and the potential for clotting, I doubt any doctor is going to give you any more hormones. While in theory it may sound great, it won’t be enough to cure you of your sleep apnea completely. Some women do use bio-identical progesterone creams that you can get over the counter. This is thought not to have as many risks as the prescription kinds, but you should run it by your doctor first. An oral appliance is another first line option for obstructive sleep apnea. Did you ever consider this option?

  28. nicki on August 7th, 2010 2:16 pm

    I get a temporary sore throat and sudden sharp ear pain right before I get my period….anyone else get the ear pain?

  29. Steven Park on August 7th, 2010 4:35 pm

    Nicki,

    Throat pain can give you ear pain. This is called referred ear pain.

  30. Kat on August 16th, 2010 5:52 pm

    Wow I thought I was the only one in the world who had sore throats before my period. Now that I have the explanation, what is the cure?

  31. Steven Park on August 16th, 2010 6:03 pm

    There are some simple basic steps to take in the beginning, such as not eating anything within 3-4 hours of bedtime, and the same for any alcohol. Make sure that you’re not sleeping on your back. Clear your nose if stuffy for any reason. Try nasal saline or a Neti-pot, and use Breathe Right strips. I explain why these methods work for some women in my basic articles on UARS (upper airway resistance syndrome). I’m also presenting this topic in a live teleseminar Tuesday night at 8PM Eastern.

  32. Stephanie on August 19th, 2010 5:10 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the past 2 years I have thought gosh I am always sick b.c about once a month I would have a BAD sore throat only lasting about a day or 2 then its just gone… Well I started putting 2 and 2 together and now I know when I am gonna start my period b.c of the way my throat feels. THIS ARTICLE was a great find b.c I thought I was the only one. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ARTICLE and for everyone’s comments!!!

    I have PCOS I am not sure if that would make mine worse or if its connected at all. Just thought I would share.

    AGAIN THANKS EVERYONE!!!!

  33. Steven Park on August 19th, 2010 5:58 am

    Stephanie,

    Thanks for sharing. You might be interested in knowing that there’s a strong link between PCOS and obstructive sleep apnea.

  34. nikki on August 19th, 2010 7:55 pm

    i get a sore throat during not before and i didnt think it was normal til now when i found this site thanks :)

  35. cris on August 20th, 2010 6:26 pm

    I also experience a sore throat and ear pain. Also, my wisdom teeth, which are still slowly growing, will also go through a growth spurt in which I will experience teething pain. The teething with occurs maybe every three months or so right before my period .

  36. Melanie Symonds on August 21st, 2010 9:42 am

    Hello Dr. Park,

    I’m fascinated by the link you’ve uncovered between low progesterone levels, deep sleep disturbance and pre-menstrual symptoms. I found nearly all my PMS symptoms were getting worse as I neared menopause, and this included poor quality sleep (waking multiple times every night), debilitating migraines, anxiety, fatigue, sore throat, GERD at night, night sweats, not being able to sleep on my back, in fact everything you mention and more. About a year ago I started natural hormone replacement with Prometrium (progesterone) and Vivelle Dot (estradiol) and almost all my symptoms have completely abated.

    I had noticed on my own a link between progesterone and the improved quality of my sleep, no more GERD and far fewer migraines, but had not understood why. Thanks so much for the explanation. I plan to share your articles with my migraine and menopause doctors.

  37. Meg Thompson on September 7th, 2010 9:12 am

    Ok…
    When I was pregnant with both children I got horrible, awful gastric reflux – to the point that I was on protonix (which helped immensely but didn’t completely stop it). After pregnancy, reflux completely went away. I am now using a different birth control pill than what I was using before (love the insurance company who has now decided that my old pill should cost $90 a month, the new one is only $1.80/mo). I’ve noticed that I get a HORRIBLE sore throat halfway through my cycle and was wondering if it could be related to my new pill as I’ve never had any problems with sore throats before except for obvious illness. This doesn’t seem to relate to anything else – I even went to see an allergist because I thought it was related to chronic allergies (I live in the SE) – skin test completely negative. Now, 1 month later – sore throat and inability to sleep through the night is back. I’ve slept fine up until this. Throat is so bad I can hardly swallow. So….who do I go to to get checked out? What helps?

  38. Steven Park on September 7th, 2010 8:13 pm

    Ms. Thompson,

    Different combinations of progesterone and estrogen can significantly affect the status of your sleep-breathing status. Even the same medications, if prepared differently, can have vastly different effects. The fact that you’re prone to GERD supports the fact that your monthly periods of throat pain may be related to your sleep-breathing status. Unfortunately, all the various over the counter or prescription medications only cover up your symptoms. There’s a checklist of conservative options to begin with that I go over in my book, Sleep, Interrupted (as well as numerous other scattered articles). The next level is to get screened for a sleep-breathing problem, and if you have it, treat it definitively. You may also want to talk to your doctor about changing to a different formulation. Another option is to see a holistic doctor about your birth control / hormonal balance options. Good luck.

  39. Linda on September 20th, 2010 5:52 pm

    I’ve noticed I’ve had a sore throat each of the last three months. It doesn’t start until after I get my period. It’s usually worse in the morning and gets bad again about an three or four hours before I go to sleep (that’s when the ear pain starts). Once I fall asleep, I don’t usually wake up from it but it definitely makes falling asleep and waking up much more difficult. While the sore throat does resemble strepe, it also feels like a really dry throat with an unquenchable thirst. I’ve tried a number of the things you recommended in prior posts and it was no better last night. I’ll try the saline nasal spray next. Short of medication, any other recommendations?

  40. Steven Park on September 20th, 2010 7:15 pm

    When you do the saline nasal spray, also add a Breathe Right nasal dilator strip. See if this helps during your next cycle. But make sure to continue not eating late. Please let us know how you do.

  41. KAMB on September 25th, 2010 12:56 pm

    See! And my husband thought I was crazy! For the last couple of months, I’ve been having a sore throat and ears, including ringing ears, migraines, acid reflux no matter what I eat and insomnia right before my period. I, too,have PCOS/insulin resistance issues. I’m going low carb, like they told me to do in the first place, and see if that helps.

  42. Bernadette on September 26th, 2010 3:54 am

    There are no reponses at all in regards to menstrual cycle and throat pain only if you can relate them to a sleeping disorder to which you respond only to the sleep problem.. have you got any medical eplanantion as to the link between the two

  43. Steven Park on September 26th, 2010 10:48 am

    Bernadette,

    Please take a look at my original post for an explanation.

  44. Robin on September 30th, 2010 1:14 pm

    in the last couple of months i have noticed a scratchy sore throat, tired and feeling weak a coupl of days b4 my period. something told me that maybe my thryroids, thats why i came to ask.com. so what can be done. to help get rid of the sluggish feeling and ikky throat. i do think i am fast approaching postmenopausal at age 44. tired of all of this uk.

  45. Joann on October 6th, 2010 11:02 pm

    Wow. My entire womanly life I’ve wondered why I always got a sore throat, had trouble sleeping, and was so cranky the week before my period. This explains and relates them all. Thank you! Are there any foods we should avoid eating before our periods in order to make these symptoms less? I’ll definitely follow the no eating 3 hours before bed rule, but is there anything else I can do to lessen the symptoms. I’m also a singer, so it’s really important for my throat and chords to be in tip top shape. I’d rather not tempt the stomach acid up.

  46. Liz on October 10th, 2010 2:05 am

    Hello

    I have the same thing every month and even more so when i’m stressed. I already have a sinus problem so that probably makes it worse. I get swollen glands, ear aches, and a blocked nose and when it is really bad I get hard white bits at the back of my throat. My doctor said this can happen sometimes and just to take pain killers (Is this true?). This can then all go on to a cold/flu.
    I have always realised it usually happens just before my period, and just assumed my immune system must be lower at this time. Thanks for the info

  47. Donna on October 17th, 2010 2:39 pm

    Hi,

    I have the same symptoms as have been mentioned before, interupted sleep, sore throat, my tongue swells and i get sores so bad i cannot talk correctly some months. I know eaxctly when i am ovulating now as i get a throbbing in my ovary (usually my right one), my doctor thinks i am a total hyperchondriac and wants to start me with hormones (ie the pill) which i know is just treating the symptom. He finally referred me to a gynocologist with suspected endometriosis, my appointment is around 2 weeks away. This all started after i had my daughter 2 and a half years ago, ive never been the same since, but i am almost certain it is hormonal as i have never had PMs or anything related before, but now i am a nightmare the week before my period with low mood, tired, and irritability then the day my period comes i am like a new woman….go figure???

    I also have white lumps in my tonsil…but his is treated with antibiotics and has been swabbed positive for strep throat so maybe you should go and see your doctor again about this and insist he swabs you (i had to insist, they take a look and tell you everythings fine)

    Ok so ive had a rant and feel much better, i hope there is an end to this for us all, as i know i am going out of my mind with feeling ill all the time…if anyone has any sucess please let us know :-)

  48. Becca on November 1st, 2010 4:21 am

    I have been getting sore throats before my period so some time now and have been trying to work out for ages what causes it.

  49. Julie Fletcher on November 1st, 2010 1:07 pm

    WOW! Thank you so much. I have been to many many doctors wondering why I spend a few days to a week feeling flu-ish before my period. It used to be more severe, and I would go to bed thinking I was truly coming down with something, and now I have just gotten used to it and I push my way through. I thought it was an immune lowering response to post-ovulation. But I am so glad to know what it really is. I have also been known to get severe reflux at this time, as well. And a feeling like the start of a cough. The only thing that I wonder is, how do we treat this? Can it be treated with progesterone cream or something or is that dangerous?
    Thank you again, for caring about for women’s health and well-being.

  50. sangs on November 4th, 2010 8:46 am

    As periods start , throat pain also start and it goes along with it. But first two days, it pains alot. My whole body suffering from pain and fever during those few days.One more thing i observe is excess mucous in mouth while talking during those days.Every month the same story!

  51. Gina on November 16th, 2010 1:50 am

    So, it’s not just me. My whole throat is swollen when I’m on my period & it hurts to breathe. Not to mention the constant cramps & muscle spasms in my neck. I wish there were a solution. I can barely function when it’s that time of the month & I often have to miss at least 1 day of work due to heavy flow, migraine, muscle spasms & cramps.

  52. Jaime on November 24th, 2010 6:47 am

    Hi, my son is almost 8 months old and almost every month since his birth I have been getting sick. I went for blood work a few months back and was told it showed the epstein bar virus as well. Last month and this week like clockwork I have had a sore throat. I actually have a bad one at the moment where I have bumps on my tongue with red spots. I am going back to the dr today but I am getting worried being I end up taking antibiotics every month to end the pain. I am amazed I am not alone. Any information I can learn from you to try to prevent this from happening would be wonderful.

  53. sinead noreen on November 24th, 2010 6:57 am

    a very interesting connection. it’s sad that there is so little on this .
    I was diagnosed as having reflux years ago and have been on lanzoprazole for years. However, before my period I continue to have terrible ‘larynigitus’ which is debilitating as I am a teacher, but one has to work on.
    Once my period arrives, my throat clears up.
    I also have the excess mucus in throat during those days -and find this hampers my ability to breathe easily.
    I am glad there is somewhere women with this difficulty can at least make a connection –even if there is no easy cure.

  54. Steven Park on November 24th, 2010 7:08 am

    Sinead,

    The reason why taking your reflux medication doesn’t really help is because anti-reflux medications don’t do anything to prevent reflux. What’s coming up into your throat is lust less acidic, but also contains bile, digestive enzymes, or bacteria. Just recently, a study showed that treating for H. pylori positive patients helped laryngopharyngeal reflux disease symptoms significantly. Even then, you’re still not treating reflux. There are so many conservative things you can start with, including avoiding eating anything or drinking alcohol within 3-4 hours of bedtime, and making sure your nose is completely open, to gradually more aggressive measures, but take a look at my book, Sleep, Interrupted, which describes my sleep-breathing paradigm. There are a number of proven ways of not only treating your sore throat or recurrent “infections”, but also help you to sleep much better and have the energy to be more productive and enjoy life.

  55. Steven Park on November 24th, 2010 7:10 am

    Jaime,

    Please take a look at my reply to Sinead. Your pregnancy and resulting weight gain was probably the trigger that caused your throat problems. There are ways of treating it, but it’s a process. Good luck.

  56. seyk on November 28th, 2010 12:09 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Park. I’ve experienced a sore throat just before menstruation onset for years, and thought it so odd that I contracted a “cold” prior to my period. Also, I just can’t get a good sleep for about three days before my period. I’m going to try the breathe-rite strips next month.

  57. Sophie on December 12th, 2010 6:53 am

    Whats interesting is that while on the pill the sore throats and mild cold like symptoms do not occur at all. It is when I dont take the pill it happens. Acid reflux makes sense.

  58. Patty on December 16th, 2010 5:34 pm

    I am so glad I finally found something on this. My daughter who is 16 gets a sore throat and headache every month for the last year and a half before her period. She usually can not get out of bed and sleeps the whole day and misses school. I took her to the doctor a few months ago and they put her on the pill so she only gets her period once every three months. I thought this was going to help but it has not. She sleeps for 24 hours straight and does not move. Then after a day sometimes its 2 days she’s fine. What would you recommend me to do next?

  59. Steven Park on December 16th, 2010 7:37 pm

    Patty,

    There are some basic conservative things that you can start with, including making sure she doesn’t eat anything within 3-4 hours of bedtime, over-optimizing her nasal breathing by using saline irrigation (Neti-pot) and Breathe Right Strips. She probably sleeps on her side or stomach, but if she sleeps on her back, then switch to her side or stomach, whichever is more comfortable. Birth control pills as well certain environmental exposures can increase the estrogen to progesterone ratio. The lower the relative amount of progesterone, the more breathing pauses she’ll have and the worse her deep sleep quality, which leads to her sore throat and headaches. If her problem doesn’t resolve then you may need to address her sleep-breathing issues more formally. I have a number of resources on my website as well as in my book about all the various options. Sometimes the pill can makes things better, and in other situations it can makes things worse. You may also wish to talk to her doctor about trying a different combination pill. Ideally, you don’t want to be on a prescription medication for decades. Another option is to see a holistic doctor about these issues. Good luck.

  60. Kate on December 16th, 2010 8:04 pm

    Hi
    I have had a lot of cold/cough/throat clearing/sinus problems for months, and recently discovered that I have LPR. The doctor has put me on Pariet for the reflux.
    I have been experiencing sore throats either just before, or on day one of my period for what seems like a few years. I am not currently on any form of contraception.
    I am interested in obtaining your book to find out more, but is it possible that if I went on a progesterone-only pill, this may assist both the monthly sore throats and the LPR?
    Thanks for your help.

  61. Steven Park on December 16th, 2010 8:15 pm

    Kate,

    The Pariet may help with reflux, but in general they don’t do anything for reflux. All it does is to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. This makes your stomach juices less irritating in your throat, and some people feel better.

    Regarding progesterone: that’s a decision you’ll have to make with your doctor. The holistic doctors in general have a better understanding of hormonal issues, since they also address all the other imbalances that occur, and typically use non-prescription meds. Many women do well with OTC bio-identical progesterone cream. There are a number of conservative steps that I outline in my blog posts, articles, and my book. Try these first, and then look into hormone options with your doctor.

  62. jess on December 22nd, 2010 8:40 am

    i am 32 had both ovaries removed nearly 2 years ago and now on HRT (femoston 2/10). i still get a regualr bleed due to the HRT and have symptons of a normal period as i had before my surgery. But now at least a week before my period i get throat illnesses (not quite a sore throat), its really difficult to explain (its righnt in the centre of my throat where the neck starts, its scratchy, fluy and there seems to be phelgm in there which i am constantly forcing out i also feel feverish with it. this can continue for 2-3 weeks,(on ocassions more) i may be well for a week (if iam lucky 2 weeks) but then its back again just before my next cycle lasts. i feel as though i am constanty ill. the docs dont seem to know and just fobme off (i know longer go to docs i just live/suffer with it) i resorted in going to herbal practioners ona few occasions trying different remedies and spending a fortune but nothing seems to work. its really getting me down, at first i thought it was a coincidnce but it really is just before i come on my ‘period’, i have been making notes in my diary for more than a year and haveno doubt its connected. Can you help, was thinking off coming of the HRT but iam scared as i know it can be detrimental to my health as i will have all the full blown menapausal symtons

  63. jess on December 22nd, 2010 8:45 am

    ps. i also on occasions get ear problems with it.

    i have also given my throat black mark and rash with all the prodding in the effetced area as i try to bring up the phlegm

  64. Angie on December 30th, 2010 1:47 pm

    Wow! I have had a scratchy throat and tongue for years just before my period starts. I asked my doctor if they were correlated, and she looked at me like I was crazy, and said it was probably just a coincidence. I know that this occurs month after month, so it can’t be purely coincidence. Thanks for the explanation!
    Now, can you tell me why my complex partial seizures seem to increase on either the day before, first day of, or second day of my period each month?

  65. Steven Park on December 30th, 2010 8:24 pm

    Angie,

    For some women, avoiding eating anything and drinking alcohol within 3-4 hours of bedtime can make a huge difference in how sore your throat gets just before your periods. I also usually recommend over-optimizing your nasal breathing, by using Breathe Rite strips and nasal saline just before you to go bed.

    Lowered sleep efficiency as a result of more breathing pauses (from more relaxed tongue muscles due to lower progesterone) can lower your seizure threshold. There are numerous studies showing the sleep-breathing problems can do this.

    If you can lower the frequency and severity of your pre-menstrual sore throats, it would be interesting to see if your seizures improve as well.Good luck, and please keep me posted.

  66. jess on December 31st, 2010 4:08 am

    i am 32 had both ovaries removed nearly 2 years ago and now on HRT (femoston 2/10). i still get a regualr bleed due to the HRT and have symptons of a normal period as i had before my surgery. But now at least a week before my period i get throat illnesses (not quite a sore throat), its really difficult to explain (its righnt in the centre of my throat where the neck starts, its scratchy, fluy and there seems to be phelgm in there which i am constantly forcing out i also feel feverish with it. this can continue for 2-3 weeks,(on ocassions more) i may be well for a week (if iam lucky 2 weeks) but then its back again just before my next cycle lasts. i feel as though i am constanty ill. the docs dont seem to know and just fobme off (i know longer go to docs i just live/suffer with it) i resorted in going to herbal practioners ona few occasions trying different remedies and spending a fortune but nothing seems to work. its really getting me down, at first i thought it was a coincidnce but it really is just before i come on my ‘period’, i have been making notes in my diary for more than a year and haveno doubt its connected. Can you help, was thinking off coming of the HRT but iam scared as i know it can be detrimental to my health as i will have all the full blown menapausal symtons

  67. Ellen on January 5th, 2011 8:02 pm

    I am glad to know that I am not a freak. I’ve been keeping track of these dull sore throats each month and reading your article has helped clear up the reason. Is there something I can do to help it not be so bothersome?

  68. Steven Park on January 5th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Jess,

    Since your HRT is simulating your regular hormones, including the cycles, it’s expected that you’ll have the same throat symptoms as well. It sounds like your ratio of estrogen to progesterone needs to be adjusted. There are also various natural and herbal supplements, as well as certain foods that have progesterone receptor promoting properties. If you try the various conservative recommendations that I’ve made earlier in this post, it’s worth a try.

  69. Steven Park on January 5th, 2011 8:34 pm

    Ellen,

    I wrote this blog post for menopause symptoms, but it should apply for your situation as well. If that doesn’t work, besides bio-identical hormones, you’ll have to move up the ladder to treat the problem like having obstructive sleep apnea. How far you go depends on how much this affects your life.

  70. Michelle on January 6th, 2011 6:54 pm

    Steven,
    I am 18 years old and a high school senior. About a month ago, when I got my period, I developed a sore throat and a stuffy nose which later led to a case of bronchitis. After that was finally over(or so I thought), I went a whole week feeling much better. Then, yesterday, my period returned. I know have a runny nose (with clear mucus…allergies maybe? I have two cats…) and a dry sore throat. I really don’t want a repeat of the illness I was just relieved from. Is there anything you would recommend? Will this keep happening if I don’t do anything about it?
    Thank you so much for your time!

  71. Steven Park on January 10th, 2011 7:27 am

    Michelle,

    The simplest thing to start with is to avoid eating anything within 3-4 hours of bedtime, and over-optimizing your nasal breathing, by using Breathe Rite strips and nasal saline irrigation. Try to avoid sleeping on your back. Besides the effects of lowered progesterone on your upper airway, there are added variables, such as weather changes, allergies, colds, etc. If these steps don’t help, then you’ll have to go to the next step, which is to look into my sleep-breahting paradigm. I have lots of information about this on my website, as well as a much more focused, condensed explanation in my book. Good luck.

  72. Kim on January 24th, 2011 5:22 pm

    So I’m not crazy. I’ve always complained that I get a sore throat a few days before I get my period and most doctors look at me like I’m nuts. Thanks, glad to see that there are others that have this problem too.

  73. Alison on January 29th, 2011 10:09 pm

    Thank you for this blog, Dr. Park. Just reading about this is giving me peace of mind. I am 47 and going through perimenopause. I have been having sore throats off and on throughout the month, along with jaw and ear stuffiness. I went to an ENT specialist and he diagnosed me with TMJ. He gave me a mouth guard to wear at night as he suspected I clenched my teeth during sleeping. My jaw pain has subsided somewhat but, I continue with the sore throats and ear clog. Hormone balance obviously plays and important part in our whole body functioning properly. I am going to try a lot of your suggestions above. Many thanks!

  74. Jules on January 31st, 2011 8:40 pm

    I thought i was making up stories in my head….this has been happening to me for the last 6 months and everyone thinks i am nuts. I just turned 37 this month. Anything i can do to prevent this next month? Your input is much appreciated.
    Thank you so much for this article…i might start following your blog too. Thanks!

  75. gdk on February 11th, 2011 12:10 am

    I have been noticing a pattern of sore throat pain 3 days or so before my period. I thought I was crazy. I have hypothyroidism and the pain seems to be coming from my left gland. Almost as if I am fighting off a major cold. No cold sets in. It is nice to see that I am not losing it!

  76. roxann on February 12th, 2011 4:13 pm

    I have been suffering from this since i was 16 years old. Every month , exactley one week before my period would start, sore throat would start. I would say oh my period is coming, people would be like what. Thats how i always new. Since my misscarriage 5 months ago, i am alos getting the sore throat just before ovulation now, sore throat, swollen glands on the right side. I have just been feeling so blah latley, the only time i feel free from this sore throat and swollen gland cycle every month is when im pregnant.
    My other symptoms just before my period starts , cant sleep, hot feeling, headaches.

  77. Stephanie Margalski on February 24th, 2011 10:47 pm

    I am 29 years old and have got my period when I was 13. My throat hurts EVERY time I get my period. For about 3 days before my period I will have the sore throat, and the day I get my period it goes away. I take melatonin and dont have any problems getting deep sleep that I know of though. I have searched for reasons as to why this happens and this is the first answer I have ever found…even after asking several different gynos. I also have never met another woman that has this problem..

  78. christyh on February 28th, 2011 10:07 am

    I have this problem, anything to prevent it. MY actually goes into a cold/sinus infection every month now. My doctor thinks it is allergies. Has me on allergy meds and everthing. But it is like clock work every month same time.

    Weird thing is I was preganant last year and I still recevied them, so I don’t know if this is really my issue.

  79. Amanda on March 2nd, 2011 9:06 pm

    Thank you for this blog. I am 30 years old and I’ve had throat issues for the past 4 years pre period. Accompanied by my sore throat I will have what feels like flem in my throat and heart burn. I was beginning to think there was something really wrong. My doctors believe the same as most that allergies and a dry climate are the issue, however the symptoms only seem to occur come period time. Thank you for the posting.

  80. Nikki on March 3rd, 2011 11:02 am

    I’m so glad I found this, now I know why.. and that I’m not alone (or mad!).

    Along with the sore throat I get a general run down feeling, my nose is runny, Im shattered.. not helped by broken sleep running up to and during my periods, then theres the hot/cold feelings (and I also wake up dripping in sweat).. My period also sets off my IBS.

    I wish I were a man! lol

  81. Klara on March 10th, 2011 7:16 am

    WOW! This is exactly what I have and the comments are right on too. For me it started this winter – coinciding with my 40th birthday. I never had anything like this before but it brings back some memories. My mother had a Chloraseptic sore throat spray bottle in every room of the house. She used it too! I always wondered how and why she’d need so much of the stuff especially since I never liked the taste. Now things make sense. :) Thank you for making this available. I searched for “monthly sore throat” and this was the first hit.

  82. Steven Park on March 10th, 2011 8:12 am

    Klara,

    Since you’re 40, you’re probably in the early pre-menopausal state, when progesterone slowly begins to drop. As I mentioned in the article, less progesterone causes more tongue muscle relaxation, more frequent obstructions and more reflux. This could explain the timing of your symptoms.

  83. Kelly on March 12th, 2011 4:54 pm

    I too get this! and like Nikki my period does nothing to help my IBS! Also whilst I have the sore throat I almost constantly feel as though I am going to be sick. I can barely brush my teeth without gagging!

    I am curious to know though whether any of you have had problems using tampons (as much as I hate to talk about them) but they only seem to seeeriously dramatically enhance the symptoms to the point of passing out, high temperature, actually being sick, all over body weakness etc etc I have often wondered whether there was a connection?

  84. Faith Waddell on March 19th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the information on sore throats and migraines right before the monthly cycle. I got my tonsils removed a couple of months ago. It was the most painful recovery I had ever experienced. I did that thinking it would cure my sore thoat every month.WRONG! I did not know I would have to have these every month. I didnt connect them to my monthly cycle. I just knew it was connected to the migraines.

  85. Jess on March 24th, 2011 10:46 pm

    Oh em gee! I have mentioned this to my husband and even posted a question about it on yahoo about a year or two ago. Ever since I’ve noticed that my premenstrual symptoms have become more prominent, I’ve noticed a slightly sore throat. It’s never major, but it’s enough to feel & irritate the hell out of me. I’ve asked other women I know & none of them have this symptom, so this post is MAJOR to me. \o/

  86. Michelle on April 1st, 2011 7:39 pm

    Dr. Park,
    Thank you so much for your blog. I’ve experienced soar throat along with the below symptoms every month for about 5 years now before and during my period. I am 37 with 2 children. It has now started happening around ovulation as well. I’ve spoke with my OBGYN and Family doctors, but they seem to think I am the only person on the planet who experiences the symptoms. All of my blood test were just normal. I even went to Japan to see different doctors for this problem. I am desperate to find a cure…
    -sore throat
    -Feels like I have Upper Respiratory problem (I doubt that i have have it, but I have hard time breathing)
    -Achy body (last a day or two)
    -chills (last a day or two)
    -Cold like symptoms without fever, running nose and cough
    –It seems to trigger Shingles or some kind of virus? Painful rash along my left side of my head and painful swollen glands on the same left side. It only happens right before or during my period
    -Everything else, such as headache, mood swings, insomnia…(These are minor compared to the above)

    I’ve increased women’s formula vitamins, calcium, and omega-3. It seems it has helped a little, but not enough to cure. Does anyone out there experience such PMS/Menstrual symptoms? Has anyone found a miracle to cure some of the symptoms?

  87. Lynn on April 14th, 2011 6:48 am

    I am so happy to read this article. For years I have had a sore throat just before my period, and could not for the life of me explain why it happened. Finally a reason. However, what is the solution Dr Park?
    There are loads of forums on the internet, but I rarely seem to find ones who actually solve the problem!

  88. Steven Park on April 14th, 2011 10:36 am

    Lynn,

    To begin with, take a look at the 4-5 comments I made in this post. These are the conservative options that I always begin with that alone can help many women. If this doesn’t help, you’ll have to find a doctor to look at your upper airway anatomy. Since it’s a structural issue, medical options can only help to a certain degree. I usually recommend a formal sleep study if the conservative options don’t work. Regardless of whether or not you have sleep apnea, it has to be treated like sleep apnea, since the problem is due to narrowed upper airway anatomy. If you have dental crowding or bite issues, advanced orthodontics may be another option, as this can expand the space inside the mouth for your tongue. Please try the conservative recommendations first and then let me know what happens. If you get a chance, please take a look at my book, which describes everything in much more detail.

  89. xan on April 16th, 2011 8:33 pm

    Sweet! I thought there was something really wrong with me. I’m not the only one getting a sore throat before me period. Lovely part of PMS. I’m so relieved that it’s PMS symptom though. The net can be a great place sometimes.

  90. Veronica on April 18th, 2011 4:41 pm

    Hello,

    I’m just wondering, and maybe it was covered already and I missed it, but is this normal for younger women as well? I’m 27 and have had no children yet, but I’ve been experiencing this sore throat 2 days before period issue for the past year. I only ask because most of the women I’ve seen post on here with the same sore throat issue are in their late 30’s or more. menopause happened early for my mother (at 32) and I’ve always been afraid that it would happen early for me as well. I just want to make sure that this is simply PMS related and not also a sign that a woman may be approaching pre-menopause.

    Thanks

  91. Steven Park on April 18th, 2011 5:57 pm

    Veronica,

    This phenomenon can occur in women of all ages, but you’re right—it tends to cluster in women who are in the pre-menopausal years. Regardless of how young you are, if your upper airway anatomy predisposes to frequent breathing obstructions at night, by definition, you’ll have one of the classic symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Before you start worrying about early menopause, I would first follow the recommendations that I made on this post (just look for my replies). If that works, great. If not, you should look into a formal sleep-breathing diagnosis, such as upper airway resistance syndrome or obstructive sleep apnea. We also know that sleep-breathing problems can suppress reproductive hormone levels. If one or both of your parents snore heavily, even more reason to check this out. Good luck.

  92. Menopausal and Miserable on April 21st, 2011 9:47 am

    As Michelle stated on April 1, 2011, I also have similar symptoms right before my menstrual cycle as well as during ovulation. In addition to my regular symptoms, I alwasy get pink eye in the left eye. Every month I my eyes start itching and I think they are allergies but then the left eye is always red and gross. I then have to see my doctor and then eye infection medication is prescribed. This happens every month! I wish there was something I could do but I’m to the point where I’ve given up and just learn to live with the symptoms. The most bothersome symptom is the pink eye — I hate it!

  93. Steven Park on April 21st, 2011 10:25 am

    Menopausal and Miserable,

    That’s a very interesting symptom, which I haven’t heard of before. Since it’s related to your periods, it’s probably connected. One possible explanation is that it can be a variation of a migraine process (not a headache). A migraine process involves vascular dilation, and if you’re suffering from a migraine in the nerve endings and blood vessels in your left eye, then you’ll get what looks like pink eye. Migraines can happen if your sleep quality diminishes, especially just before your period.

    The first thing to try is to treat it like a migraine, even if you don’t have a headache. Follow all the recommendations that I made in my previous replies. Also try to avoid migraine-triggering foods, such as red wine, aged cheeses, chocolates and MSG. If your nose is stuffy, get that taken care of definitively with an ENT doctor. If all else fails, look into treating your menopauses symptoms like sleep apnea, even if you don’t have it, since your anatomy is probably susceptible. This is important especially if you prefer not to sleep on your back. Good luck.

  94. louise on May 4th, 2011 1:15 am

    hi every month i gett sore throat every time my period finish straight away and make a trip to the doctor and o tablets am getting fed up with this to any answers???

  95. Renee on May 12th, 2011 10:03 am

    It’s usually every month for the last couple of years that this has been going on. I’m 24 now. This past time it was so bad that I literally thought I had the flu…it started with a sore throat but as I went to bed I started getting flu-like aches and didn’t sleep all night due to the pain. I finally took some advil around 5:30am and dropped off to sleep pretty quick. I woke up to find out my menstrual cycle had started and the aches were gone and the sore throat was much better. Is there anything I can take to stop these symptoms?

  96. Joanne on May 14th, 2011 12:55 pm

    Just searched ‘sore throat before period’ I thought it was just me! I get a sore throat and feel as though I have a cold coming on around 12 hours before my period. It’s put mind at rest knowing this is quite normal. Thanks!

  97. Pamela on May 16th, 2011 10:39 am

    Yes, I experience a soar throat before my cycle. I am a singer, also and I think that’s why it’s VERY noticeable for me. It has been this for a long time now but in the past 5 years life was a little more hectic so it seemed to get worse. The best thing I found to do was to treat the symptom of soarness, drink plenty of warm not acidic liquids and REST!! I may pick up this book though because if there is a better way, I am all ears.

  98. Jan Cannon on May 17th, 2011 7:12 am

    Hi Dr. Parks,
    I am in the UK and was on a combination patch HRT for 1 year perfectly ok and then developed bleeding.Came off it while they investigated me. I am now on evorel patch for estrogen and about 4 weeks ago had a mirena coil fitted for progesterone. Have been experiencing low back pain which I know is a side effect but also a sore throat which I’ve had on and off since the coil was fitted. Today it is really bad so I googled “sore throat progesterone” and your site came up. Do you think the mirena could be the cause?
    Thank you,

    Jan

  99. Amy on May 24th, 2011 5:07 pm

    Yes. Right now I have a very tickly throat 2 days prior to my period. Also, I ate more sugar than usual yesterday as a bad way of handling PMS. I’m sure the sugar did not help my throat or my immune system. I also have a cold sore in my mouth and I usually get these right before my period.

  100. Shelly on May 31st, 2011 10:02 pm

    Yes! Always these two symptoms before I start my period 1 week to two weeks, I get a soar throat and a yeast infection. What is this!

  101. Brenda on June 1st, 2011 12:03 am

    This is amazing. I onder is I can treat this “allergic reaction”. I’ve been mentally tracking how, what, when these things happen to me. Just before my cycle, I experience, sore throat (it contracts!), sinus drips, itchy ears and terrible cramps, my voice changes ( I serve the public) and sometimes my sliva gets so thick, I can’t control my cough and spit. I hate it!! My doctors can’t do anything for me. I just cruise through it every month. Am I allergic to myself?? I had to two procedures done to “open” my throat so I can enjoy my food. Still, it contracts or closes during my cycle. What do I do?

  102. Steven Park on June 1st, 2011 3:38 am

    Brenda,

    In addition to the reflux process that I describe, your throat tightening is also likely to be due to cricopharyngeal muscle spasming that can occur due to the physiologic stress response just before your periods. Try following the conservative steps I outlined in my responses in this post. These options help with inflammation and swelling, but do nothing to physically change your oral cavity narrowed anatomy. There are certain situations where this can be considered, such as with braces, tonsillectomy, jaw procedures, or palatal expansion. Many women with this condition may go on to develop obstructive sleep apnea later in life, especially after menopause.

  103. J on June 1st, 2011 8:31 pm

    This makes total sense!!! It happens to me every month. My period got way out of wack and they put me on a prescription for progesterone . . . interestingly, the sore throats completely stopped. I don’t like taking the pills as I’ve experienced some side effects. Is there a natural way to remedy this? I recently stopped taking the pills, and sure enough, I’m sitting here with a sore throat tonight and cramps.

  104. Steven Park on June 2nd, 2011 2:43 am

    J,

    One of the beneficial side effects of progesterone is that it’s an upper airway muscle stimulant. It increases your tongue and throat muscle tone. This lessens the number of breathing pauses at night, lowering the amount of reflux that reaches your throat. Please take a look at the initial conservative options that I described in this post and responses. For more severe symptoms, you may need to treat it like a formal sleep-breathing problem (sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome).

  105. Nicki on July 1st, 2011 4:34 pm

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one with this problem. I’ve had flu-like symptoms before/during my period for about a year. I am 34 and have had 3 c-sections and cannot figure out why I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck every month. I feel like my husband must think I’m crazy, but he’s very supportive. I’ve always had horrible cramps with my periods, but this is way worse. I also have really heavy bleeding and huge clots. I had bleeding between periods last month too. What is going on?! I can’t be a good mom if I feel this horrible for a week each month. Oh, and my periods are about 20 days apart which means I’m feeling horrible most of the time. I eat healthy and exercise regularly. I appreciate any advice. Thanks!

  106. sona on July 4th, 2011 4:15 pm

    i have been experiencing these sore throat,fatigue,mood swings irritation every month and cold sores in my mouth at least every other month .actually there is only very few days in a month i feel good the other days are miserable with mood swings which i don’t have no control.i am getting tired of this.please advice.i already got a diagnosis of depression.which i do not believe i have it.

  107. nadia on July 10th, 2011 5:35 pm

    i am 15 and i got my period and then 2 days later i got a sore throat, mucas, hard to swallow, coughing, stuffy nose, runny nose and fatigue during my period after my period the sore throat, mucas, hard to swallow, coughing, stuffy nose, runny nose, and fatigue continued on . most then went away all i have is a stuffy nose, coughing and a runny nose. can you tell me what happen

  108. Jeanne on July 11th, 2011 8:24 pm

    This has been happening to me for over a year. Middle of my cycle brings a sore throat, mild congestion, and a tired punky feeling. It never develops into a cold. I’m 40 and have never had children. Your theory makes sense. I wish there were a way to stop it or lessen symptoms.

  109. Chris on July 19th, 2011 8:04 pm

    ok. I kind of understand this. But this time I ended up getting a “common cold” So far it has lasted 5 days and my period is supposed to start today/tomorrow. I have had a fever of 100 for two days on sat and non during the evenings. I went to see a doctor and they said it was the common cold. they didn’t ask about cycles or anything… Do you think this could just be a coincidence? I tend to get “colds” once a season… I also work around kids a lot more as of late. My throat is extremely read and I have a sinus infection is this still related with my period? And I’ll back you up on the medi pot ITS AMAZING!!!!

  110. Steven Park on July 20th, 2011 7:43 am

    Chris,

    If your throat symptoms subside after your periods begin, then it’s likely related to your periods. Fevers and other “cold” symptoms can occur due to involuntary nervous system irritability. Or it could be a cold. Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell.

  111. Amy on July 22nd, 2011 2:00 pm

    I’ve been experiencing the sore throat PMS symptom for a few years now (I’m 40), along with an unquenchable thirst. At first I was popping zinc and vitamin C because I thought I getting sick – then I finally figured out the correlation. I was lucky enough to escape any PMS symptoms in my younger years. Now I choose to view it as a handy reminder to check the tampon inventory in my purse.

  112. Mel on July 27th, 2011 9:05 am

    I am getting more of a swollen throat that seems to last the duration of my period. I get what feels like lots of tiny air bubbles in my throat also. Another symptom I get also is the tendency to throw up in my mouth. It is very acidic, obviously stomach acid and it’s worse when I go lay down. This has only started to o ccur since I had my baby. Is there any way to ease our stop it?

  113. mel on July 27th, 2011 7:44 pm

    im 41yo i have had my tubes clamped since 2003. since then my periods have gotten worse to the point where just this week i had to have 2 days off work because not only my throat was sore but the head ach was soo bad i couldnt get up. is this normal

  114. Jessica on August 14th, 2011 9:00 am

    Yes mine hurts. But also along with that every month I get a bad cold like two days before along with the throat pain. My whole body aches, but the day I start I will wake up and feel much better my throat and body pains are gone! I found this website trying to look for an answer on maybe why it happens every month and of it is normal!

  115. lauren on August 18th, 2011 3:41 pm

    Yes, I’ve had this problem for the last few months, along with extreme fatigue and some fever. I went to the doctor and they said it was just a virus, but ny husband noticed its happening at the same time every month…we are actually trying to conceive. Thanks for posting this!

  116. Charlotte on August 25th, 2011 2:28 pm

    Hi

    I have been having tonsilitis EVERY month for the past year and i noticed it was always just before th eonset of my period, and lasts all the way through, it got so bad i had my tonsils removed. However since having them removed (4 Months ago0 this month i have got another extemely sore throat and guess what it started a few days before my period!!! I am totally annoyed!!! ive had swab tests, blood tests nothing. I was wondering if i went on the contraceptive pill would this (if all this is hormone related) balance my hormones out and if so which one, combined or mini pill?

    I would love to hear back from you as this is RUENING my entire life!!!

    Thanks and also i feel for each and everyone of you here and hope you find something to stop it all!!!

    Charlotte

  117. Katia on August 25th, 2011 3:39 pm

    Dr. Park,
    I was searching around the web for information regarding a sore throat and ear ache that accompanies phlem in my throat that is worse in the am but gets petter(doesnt go completely away) during the day. I have been experiencing this for the last couple(2) months. Now i have noticed that it does accompany my cycle. However, i also get this pain in my left leg and my periods are really crazy (two in one month) very short and I seem to bleed more when i am urinating instead of when i am walking or standing. I am 38yrs and i think i am pre-menopausal. I also have a fibroid and develop a cyst on either (usually the right) ovary every month that is painful but goes away after 2-4 days. Can you help me?

  118. Steven Park on August 26th, 2011 7:25 am

    Charlotte,

    Going on the pill may help, but it may be difficult to find one that makes a positive difference. Another option is to see a holistic doctor about bio-identical hormones. I’ve written back to a number of commenters on this post about conservative to more aggressive options to help you breathe better, so that you’ll have less reflux in your throat. I don’t had any strong evidence yet, but I’m convinced that fibroids and ovarian cysts are all related to sleep-breathing issues. Good luck.

  119. Steven Park on August 26th, 2011 7:26 am

    Katia,

    Please see my response to Charlotte.

  120. Willy on August 29th, 2011 11:19 am

    The holy grail!!! Every month – EVERY month – for years and years I feel like I’m getting a cold just before my period. Sore throat, stuffy nose, achy all over, fatigued. Thank you for making sense of it for me. I have started Lybrel to stop my periods. Will this stop these annoying cold-like symptoms? I’ve just finish my first pack and right now i have all the symptoms I was told that it’ll take a couple cy les before my hormones even out. Wondering your take on Lybrel, doc? Will it give me relief from feeling ill every month?

    And thank you for putting a light on this. Glad to know I’m not alone. And there’s an explanation!

  121. Steven Park on August 29th, 2011 12:44 pm

    Willy,

    It’s hard to predict if Lybrel will help to resolve your symptoms. Give it a few months to work, and hopefully, you’ll improve. If not, then take a look at my recommendations that I’ve posted in comments. Good luck.

  122. willy on August 29th, 2011 2:55 pm

    I will go through and read everything. Where do I get your book?

    Dr. Park, you have changed my life today!

    Thank you!

  123. Aileen on August 31st, 2011 11:05 pm

    I almost felt like I might got cancer or some serious disease because of the sore throat that happens every month before period. This article really relieved my worries. I got this problem after I delivered my daughter 11 months ago.

    Dr. I am wondering if there’s way to increase progesterone in your body?
    Or, is there any natural food that helps generate that?

  124. C Lambert on September 1st, 2011 4:32 pm

    When I’ve told my doctor about this, she looked at me with a kind of blank stare. So, I thought maybe I was imagining it. But, I do get a sore throat that starts a few days before my period. The only problem is, somtimes (especially in winter) it turns into a full blow cold….it’s awful. I would love to know if there is something I can do about this or if it is somehting I just have to live with.

  125. C Lambert on September 1st, 2011 4:49 pm

    Also, I would love to look at some natural ways to deal with this (if there are any) as opposed to prescription meds. I think I may have sleep apnea, but maybe this only happens right before my period. Other symptoms in addition to my sore throat include, tense jaw, stiff neck, head ache, and slight cramping (even before my period). I would love to know if there is a way to deal with this. Thanks!

  126. shirine on September 24th, 2011 10:18 am

    ohhhh yes! i just finished with my period and i was just wondering that i did not wake up with a soar throat even tho i’ve been having these pains for like a week and a half! thank you for clearing that out! Cheers!

  127. Joan on October 1st, 2011 8:55 pm

    for the last few months i have been getting sore throats around ovulation and right before my periods! so happy i am not alone!

  128. Sk on October 5th, 2011 12:22 am

    My throat just started bothering me on the 1st day of my period after reading this article, it all makes sense. Thank you! Feel better everyone. :)

  129. Kelly on October 6th, 2011 8:55 pm

    Wow finally I have an explanation to the once a month sore throat I get. Was getting worried as it seems that the last year I have felt rundown more than the year before now after reliasing I get the sore throat just before my period, why I have not suffered this problem before though. Could I have a hormone imbalance ?

  130. Steven Park on October 6th, 2011 10:35 pm

    Kelly,

    Technically, you do have a hormone imbalance and yet, not really. Your estrogen and progesterone levels naturally fluctuate monthly. However, as you enter pre-menopause, your progesterone levels slowly drop, so relatively speaking, it reaches lower levels just before your periods, compared with when you were younger. As I explained in the article, having less progesterone aggravates more breathing obstructions and arousals.

  131. Melissa on October 9th, 2011 10:43 pm

    WOW! i get the same thing! i get a sore throat and a sharp pain on the side that my throat hurts right before my period i’m actually going thru it now! its so annoying i’m glad i’m not the only one going thru this and at least i have an explanation i always thought i was getting sick and was overdosing on OTC meds!

  132. Ellen on October 12th, 2011 7:12 pm

    I get sore thoat between my menstual cycles, in addition to that I get lower back pain. Does anyone get back pain followed by sore throat? Somehow I haven’t experienced such symptoms during the summer. I thought that I was cured and now it is back. Have anybody experienced such thing?

  133. Donna on October 15th, 2011 6:20 am

    I have now been suffering acute sore throats since March every month sometimes twice a month,i get fever,my whole throat turns white with spots,sharp pains down my ear and neck and also sharp pains in my kidneys and the need to pee lots.
    Had loads of blood tests allergy tests,all come back negative.
    When i mentioned could it be hormonal,the doctor looked at me like i was mad.
    It’s really getting me down now and results in me having at least 2 days off work every month.
    I am 34. I am being sent to a specialist E.N.T doctor which is likely to end in me having my tonsils out,Do you think this will help?

  134. Steven Park on October 15th, 2011 6:49 am

    Donna,

    Yes, hormones are a part of the problem, but it’s only a small portion of the big picture. Ultimately, it’s due to your upper airway anatomy. In my experience, taking out tonsils for your situation gives mixed results. The larger the tonsils, the better the results. However, although not curative in general, most people are pleased with the results. Tonsil tissues are very reactive to any kind of inflammation or infection, so sometimes, removing them can help. Worst case scenario, if it doesn’t help, then you know it’s not the tonsils that’s causing your problem.

  135. andrea on November 1st, 2011 9:50 pm

    I have been getting soar throats right before my period as soon as I started taking the birth control pill,microgestin. I also get a yeast infection every month before my period consistently. I have never had a yeast infection before taking birth control. My doctor is taking me off microgestin because of the side effects. I hate birth control and periods!

  136. Jenny on November 13th, 2011 6:01 pm

    Dr Park,
    This is why I appreciate the internet and doctors like you so I can type in a question and find out that I am not crazy and there are reasons why I get a sore throat before my period. Thank you.

  137. Sally on November 13th, 2011 7:21 pm

    Thank you so much for this information. I’m 36 years old and just today started my cycle again after my youngest (of 6) was born 13 months ago. It’s like clockwork for me – the sore throat a day before my cycle starts each month. Never used birth control. I look forward to reading your articles.

  138. Lania on November 17th, 2011 7:01 pm

    This is very interesting! I have notices SO many things since I started pre-menopause. I took hormones and got blood clots in 06 and now I’m 47 and it seems like I feel SO MANY things more intensely during my cycles. I skip sometimes 3 periods and then I get a sore throat, (usually on one side and my tongue hurts sometimes, too on the side I get the sore throat). Some weeks I feel EVERY MUSCLE in my body hurting and then when it’s time to get my period, (however light and barely there), the throat, sometimes a noise in my ear like blood rushing, sometimes palps, and usually always sore throat. Like the Rolling Stones said, “What a drag it is getting old…”

  139. Karen Perrier on November 28th, 2011 4:06 pm

    I was searching the net about the same problem as I am also a singer and though I do not have a sore throat every time before my period I do have a very uncomfortable feeling inside,and find it extremely difficult to sing.It feels like my tongue falls back deep and gets tense together with my soft palate and does not want to obey no matter how hard I am trying.I also have no support for the voice from the diaphragm what so ever and feels like the air can`t travel through.Plus I think my cords are swollen so the end result is that the voice becomes scratchy,very unsteady and flat.You mentioned in your article that the tongue gets too relaxed but my sensation is that it is tense,is that false?And what can I do to improve the quality of my singing before my period?Shell I take hormones?My other concern is that I read in some of the other comments that this happened to them around menopause,I do not have children yet,I am 33 and as I would like to have a family in the future I am wondering if all these symptoms are indicating that I am getting closer to menopause and should try for a baby as soon as possible.
    Thank you for your help!
    Karen

  140. Steven Park on November 28th, 2011 4:59 pm

    Ms. Perrier,

    In the old days, female opera singers had clauses in their contracts that stipulated that they are exempt from performing in the week before their monthly menses. Reflux causes inflammation and irritation, which can alter one’s singing voice. I would start by following the recommendations listed in previous posts. Read through some of my other articles on my website as well. Then if that’s not helpful, go through the steps outlined in my book. Technically, pre-menopause begins in your late 30s, but everyone’s different. You may wish to consider a full hormonal evaluation as well.

  141. Michelle O'Shea on December 15th, 2011 8:09 am

    Every month, about 1 week or so before my cycle, I get ill with a sore throat, headaches, cold sores and fatigue. I thought it was possible due to the fact I live with MS. What are some recommendations at this point for the type of doctor I see my regular doctor, gyn, ent…?

  142. Nikki on December 21st, 2011 10:27 pm

    I too suffer from red eyes. I went to my GP who thought it was pink eye. Then I went to two Ophthalmologists who independently diagnosed me with dry eye syndrome. The ironic part is that both indicated that it is not hormonal and purely coincidental that I happen to get this red eye every month just before my period starts (although 90 % of suffers are women, so I’m told). There is very little on the internet connecting red eyes coinciding with menstrual cycles but I wonder how many of us are out there that are convinced of the connection.

  143. Gail on December 23rd, 2011 3:23 am

    Have one of those sore throats again. Was getting them every month for past couple years. Only had three periods this year and just ended one but this time the sore throat is still each evening.

  144. Tricia on December 29th, 2011 4:00 pm

    Hi, I had my son a yr ago and since he was born my periods have been a lot heavier than before pregnancy and in the last 6 months I have been experiencing sore throats, stiff neck and swollen glads a few of days before my period. We always eat at 5pm with our 2 children and very rarely drink alcohol. I always sleep on my side.

    Any other advise would be great.
    Thanks

  145. popcorn on December 30th, 2011 10:24 am

    i no how it feels i have sore throat and runny nose now and im about to come on soon either today, tomorrow or the next day for sure and yah it hurts

  146. Jennifer on January 2nd, 2012 1:56 am

    Wonderful information! After the birth of my third child I had a tubal ligation and shortly there after I started noticing new symptoms for PMS. The sore throat that started coming about a week before my cycle was accompanied with a low grade fever. This was just over six years ago and is still a problem I deal with today. The one thing that I have noticed is that it is lasting longer and comes almost two weeks before my cycle. I am also showing signs of a prolapsed uterus. I thought that this a hormonal problem but after reading this, it clears up a lot of questions.

  147. Tracy on January 8th, 2012 5:57 pm

    I am so glad to have found this correlation. I almost always “get sick” just as I start menstruating. Lately, I assume because I am approaching menopause, it’s worse. I get migraines now, sore throat, congestion, acid reflux and body aches. It used to be the usual leg pain I associated with hormonal fluctuations. Now it’s back pain that lasts a few days. Thank You, Dr. Park! You’ve just attained a new reader!

  148. Karie on January 8th, 2012 10:41 pm

    I have these recurring sore throats and migraines every month AFTER my period ends (around day 7 of my cycle). Do you have any explanation for me? Thank you!

  149. The Kitchen Witch on January 10th, 2012 5:55 pm

    Yes! Very painful soar throat. It hadn’t always been that way, but mid twenties ’til now as I’m in my early thirties, I’ve had a soar throat with the onset of my period. Ugh. As if everything else wasn’t enough.

  150. The Kitchen Witch on January 10th, 2012 6:08 pm

    Oops. That was meant to say sore..why do I always misspell that?

  151. Nettie on January 15th, 2012 3:54 pm

    Progesterone is dominant during the 2nd half of a woman’s cycle: from ovulation up until the day or two before bleeding begins. So saying this is a time of low progesterone doesn’t make sense. It’s a time of low estrogen, however.

  152. Steven Park on January 15th, 2012 5:33 pm

    Netti,

    At the end of the luteal phase, progesterone drops rapidly (along with estrogen), just before bleeding begins. This is the time period during which many women can have throat symptoms. This is also the time during which body temperature drops as well.

  153. Lemon on January 20th, 2012 1:45 pm

    I have been looking for answers for about a year now, I just found this site and everything that these women are saying are what has been happening to me. It last for about 3 days, and comes around the same time every month. But I have had a Hysterectomy. So could it still have something to do with progesterone?

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  155. Steven Park on January 20th, 2012 9:38 pm

    Lemon,

    If you still have your ovaries, then it can still happen.

  156. cant say on January 29th, 2012 5:47 pm

    ok so i have a sore throat but im not on my period and ive had a runny nose but its not terrible my throat is medium and my nose is small medium i have really bad allergies and my nose ok so here is a little help on my nose ok so if i let it go without sniffling nothing comes out so im just sitting here sniffling for no reason but in my nose i feel something and my throat hurts but it doesnt when i eat plz help me

  157. sarah nolan on January 31st, 2012 4:45 am

    Hi! I have had the sore throat ear and jaw problem before my period for about 3 years now. i have Endometriosis (level 4) which as gone into my bowel bladder ovaries and attached to my side, so my periods are very painful as it is. I thought i was going mad till i seen this web, I was on antidepressants for a year and half as my doctor told me i was having panic attacks which i dont think i was and now iv seen this web site know all the symptoms are connected with my periods. I do have sleep problems about a week before my periods,

  158. dmama on February 1st, 2012 11:51 pm

    This is very interesting information, I have been trying to have a baby for the past five months and three months ago I started taking vitex to regulate my hormones after having my mirena iud removed. Last month and this month I have noticed my throat hurting about a week before my period, could the vitex be changing my progesterone level in a bad way? This has never happened before the vitex.

  159. Eryn Shropshire on February 2nd, 2012 10:03 pm

    Hello,

    Im 19 years old and I’ve had my period for about four years now. During the first 6 months of my period over I’ve experienced vomiting and nausea, but then it ceased for about 3 years. Then last year it came back, but now it only happens sparingly ( every 3 or4 months). Now, last December,i got strep throat before my period

  160. Eryn Shropshire on February 2nd, 2012 10:11 pm

    Started. I geared it with antibiotics and it went away. Now in the middle of my period this month, it came back. Is there anything i can so do to prevent this from happening every month?

    Also, i start talking birth control pills this week, will that have an effect on this as well?

  161. Steven Park on February 2nd, 2012 10:31 pm

    Eryn,

    Please take a look at some of my replies to past comments.

  162. Nylev on February 3rd, 2012 1:42 am

    Hi,

    I have read some of the earlier posts above, but I didn’t pin point one that completely covers my situation (however do direct me to one previous response if you can). I want to say it is just a low immune system like some have been saying(including my mom), but it only goes as far as allergies(runny nose+watery eyes) and maybe one day of minimal yellow colored mucus buildup in the throat right before the period and sometimes a couple of days during it -not as much of a problem at all, however. My emphasis is more on the nasal area and the discomfort of having to go the entire day with blowing my nose around the time of the period. Are there any tips/advice you can please give me that doesn’t require antihistamines?

  163. Steven Park on February 3rd, 2012 6:40 am

    Nylev,

    Your situation is similar in that there’s inflammation in your upper air passageways just before your periods. Your nervous system is over-reactive, especially to weather changes, chemicals, scents or odors. I’ve commented on various conservative ways to treat this in past posts. Good luck.

  164. Lemon on February 3rd, 2012 11:59 am

    No I do not have my ovaries. I just took a blood test and they called and told me that my Progesterone level is really low. They suggest that I try KAL Cream. Do you know much about this product?

  165. Nylev on February 4th, 2012 2:35 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Park.

  166. Stephanie on February 8th, 2012 4:55 pm

    YES! I am 46 and have been getting sore throats at the onset of my cycle for about 3 years now. They hurt like heck and make me feel more fatigued than when I do not have them! Thanks for posting.

    I would love to see someone write an article about this because it drove me crazy for the longest time until I made the connection that it was always at the same time and then it would go away as quietly as it came.

    SLK

  167. Jennifer on February 9th, 2012 8:04 am

    I have a chronic migraine condition and one of my big pain areas is my mouth and throat – so my nerve endings in this area are particularly sensitive. I was on a birth control pill continuously for a couple of years (never taking placebo) so I had not been menstruating. I just went off the birth control pill to try to conceive and during my period I’ve had severe mouth, throat pain that usually starts in the middle of the night. I’ve also had swollen lymph nodes under my chin. What you are saying makes sense. Here’s my question: In addition to the advice you mentioned, would it help if I slept in an inclined position, propped up on pillows?

  168. Julie on February 10th, 2012 12:54 am

    For several years now, I noticed that my throat became sore on the first day of my period and I would have steady drainage down the back of my throat. Sometimes I also get a bad headache, nausea and upper body aches. I would think I was getting sick, but would also realize that this has happened before on the same time of the month and it would go away within a few days. Excedrin with caffeine normally helps to take the edge off of the pain but lately it just makes me shaky and decreases the pain by about half (I can only take one tablet because two would make me extremely shaky). I’ve been trying to build up my tolerance to caffeine without getting addicted to caffeinated beverages.

  169. Amber H on February 13th, 2012 8:42 pm

    I have really heavy and painful periods to the point im in the hospital. I’ve recently started getting sore throat, headaches and cold sores with every period. My specialist has no explanation for the pains i get, and i’ve gone thru multiple tests. They get more painful with every month as well. Also eating chocolate increases my cramping… are cold sores related to my periods i never got them before…

  170. Hannah on February 28th, 2012 1:29 am

    I’m 14 so I have no idea what’s goin on but Ive had my pierod sence I was 10 & have never had this happen tell now, my left ear hurts bad, & the left side of my throat ever sence I got my pierod 3 or 4 days ago, also my nose at some times I wouldnt say clogs up or stuffs up but it feels wierd. I’ve been lookin at other sites to see what has been causing this but then I seen this and I’m on my pierod so, I was wondering is this just regular for bein on my pierod?

  171. Payton D on February 29th, 2012 8:55 pm

    Interesting article…. For about a year now I’ve been getting sore throats, severe ear pain, severe cramps, and bloating; right before, on and after ovulation. The symptoms last around 5 days. It never turns into a cold and I never have any of these symptoms with my period….ovulation only. I’m 37 years old, have had 3 children, and have had an endometrial ablation (just over a year ago).

  172. Elaine Fairweather on March 2nd, 2012 7:01 am

    Thank goodness for this site and all the information. I have sufferred with hormonal problems for 35 years. I have had a hysterectomy and the ovaries removed during that time and have found nothing stops these horrendous symptoms every month. I also had sinus problems, flu like symptoms and sore throats before a period and also terrible symptoms at ovulation including ovulation pain, aching joints, earache. I am literally at my wits end for about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks every month. I have been to an endocrinologist and countless doctors and nobody seems to take me seriously regarding these symptoms. You feel very alone and hearing about other women going through the same problems helps a great deal. It makes you realise you are not going crazy.Thank goodness my husband has been so supportive over the years or I don’t think I could have remained sane. I am now 57 and wonder when I will be free of these symptoms and able to enjoy my life as I should. Thinking about you all.

  173. Angie A. on March 4th, 2012 12:27 pm

    So glad to find out I am not alone. I have a son who is 6 and I have been trying to get pregnant again for some time. I noticed my sore throats and ear pain that occur about a week before my period started after I quit smoking 3 years ago. I have also gained weight even though I have improved eating habits and excercise habits. Is there any correlation with no being able to get pregnant and all of this?

  174. Tina on March 10th, 2012 12:36 am

    So amazing! I thought I was crazy! I am also developing a low grade fever right before my period. Is this related also? Can’t wait to read your book.

  175. icey on March 10th, 2012 1:43 pm

    Yes I do. So does menstruation drop protestogen?

  176. Steven Park on March 10th, 2012 2:40 pm

    Icey,

    Yes.

  177. D.F on March 12th, 2012 11:09 pm

    I get a sore throat and feverish symptoms two days before my period and it continues for three days once my period start. i also have significant weight gain, mood disturbance increase in appetite x3. I wanted to know what I can do about this because its affecting my life.

  178. mimi on March 14th, 2012 12:47 am

    hi Dr. i am about 14 years old, and i think i started to see this happen to me last month. i am currently having a sore throat and it is hard for me to swallow saliva, but other than that i am fine. my period isnt due till another week. do u think this is normal, or do i have strep throat or some other infection?

  179. Katie on March 17th, 2012 4:19 pm

    Dear Dr. Park,
    I have scanned the comments, I might have missed something, but I find it odd that you don’t mention any foods, vitamins, herbs, to add or avoid to help with the sore throat, and other symptoms.
    I don’t have any problem with sleeping, or juices coming up from my stomach.
    Yes, a sore throat several days before my period, and a noticeable redness around my mouth ( like a red mustache) my Dr. seemed to think its Roseasa, but I’m still questioning that.
    One thing that I think will help many of the people on this sight is…..Avoid Dairy!
    Dairy clogs up everything-sinuses, ears, and throat. Most people that snore, or have runny nose, sneeze often, hacking to clear their throat, will stop once they give up milk, ice cream, cheese, and butter. Often symptoms will appear several hours after eating dairy, so many people never realize dairy is the problem especially since its hidden in so many foods.

    I welcome any suggestions that I may have over looked.
    Thank you for your time.
    Katie

  180. Michelle on March 18th, 2012 1:21 pm

    Hello, last year in may I had gotten my period and with that I got these swollen huge limps in my neck just above my thyroid on both sides. Not only did they make my neck and jaw line swell up but the were also very painful. Last may long was the worst, I had slept for 24 hours or more and I had no appetit. My throat was burning and I couldn’t swallow or drink anything. It actually almost started to get hard to breath. So I went to the hospital and they Saudi had nothing and gave me something for pain. That’s all…..it had been recurring every 3 months right before my period for a year now. They have done neck ultra sound and blood work but other shows up. I actually right now have the swollen lymphn nodes on my neck and they are painful and my throat hurts. I hoping when my period is done it goes away. But I bet you anything it will come back again in 3 months and doctors will say once again nothing is wrong.

  181. Lisa on April 13th, 2012 6:56 pm

    My doctor told me my sore throat and earache before my period is due to higher levels on Candida due to progesterone levels. When you eat a lot of sugar especially before your period, this causes candida symptoms. I also get joint pain.

  182. Jessie on April 18th, 2012 11:16 pm

    I am a 20 year old on the combined birth control. Ever since I have mono/ strep throat together coupled a year ago I get really bad strep throat symptoms right before my period (a week before). This is sometimes coupled with a mild fever and back pain. I also had strep 5 times in one school semester. I hope that you find out why this is!

  183. Lisa on April 19th, 2012 4:44 pm

    I’ve suffered with a sore throat before my period since my very early teens. I am now 35 and still have them and have often thought it was connected to my period.. I have pcos and have always know my hormone levels have been wrong. I have been to the doctors endless times with my problems and basiclyget told to put up and shut up. After reading this article I now know I was right that it was hormone connected. I very often come out with a cold after my cycle which seems strange and also when I ovulate I’ ve noticed just lately that my food seems to get stuck halfway down and is very uncomfortable. i feel this might also be connected too.
    How do I get my doctors to take note of me and hear me?
    It is good to know I’m not alone with the sore throat.

  184. Lisa on April 19th, 2012 4:45 pm

    I also went on the pill 6 months ago for 4 months and the sore throats stopped…..

  185. Sharon on April 27th, 2012 7:16 pm

    I suffer near the end of my period. I am 54 and have suffered from severe migraines accompanied by a sore, swollen throat. I have taken extra strength over the counter meds without relief. I have been to my family doctor but nothing has worked to relieve the pain and pressure. Could really use some help. They last for about three days and I feel sick the whole time. Not fun!

  186. ruth on May 25th, 2012 3:28 am

    Dear dr.
    Few days to my menstruation I had sore throat that gave me sleepness nite. To an extent it delayed my menstruation for like 4days before it started. The nite before it started I had serious pains it was as if something was biting me seriously to an extent of me crying. It was the next day I eventually saw it. But it didn’t flow very well as usual that two days later me and my hubby had sex during d period. Normally I menstrual period last for at at 4 to 5 days with heavy flow but dis time around it wasn’t heavy at all and didn’t even complete d 3 days. A day to my ovulation came and I had serious pains as if I was going to menstruate and feeling feverish at the same time but I still had sex during the condition because I really want a baby. The day of the ovulation, am having severe backache. Please what could be the cause? Am really counting on you for response. Tanx

  187. Wendy on May 30th, 2012 10:17 pm

    This is me! Wow thanks for the confirmation it’s so annoying to have a sore throat every month before your cycle.

  188. suzanne on June 12th, 2012 8:37 am

    I have read some of these post<I am glad Im not alone I feel so ill just before some periods .I usually think viral infection,but then after my period stops all my flu like symptoms go away.my sore throat,and just pale look,and feel feverish,but yet never have one ,I guess I will just start taking a multi vitamin and hope it eases the pain of feeling this way

  189. Kelly on June 13th, 2012 2:14 am

    Yes! A soar throat and joint pain. Thank you for this information!!

  190. Jenny on June 13th, 2012 11:04 am

    Dear Dr.
    My 11 year old daughter just started her period and the last two months she has had strep throat right before her period starts as well as fever and vomiting. She has seen a doctor and she had to have two shots, one in each leg, of ammoxicillian. She was also needing a lot of fluids. I have never had this in my family but would like to know if there is a cure out there.

  191. Meghan on June 19th, 2012 6:02 pm

    Yes, and that’s why I found this article. However this is the first time it has happened (currently) where I’m experiencing a sore throat before my period comes. I have been spotting and this will be my first cycle since I was pregnant and gave birth to my first child, a son, nearly two months ago. I have not been sleeping too well either, so I thought maybe I was suffering from a shotty immune system and caught the first bug that came in my general direction. I haven’t wanted to sleep – I’ve been wide awake at nights, trying to get myself to wind down at times. It takes a little while but I eventually fall asleep. Also aside from my insomnia issues since having given birth, I am also experiencing loss of appetite. I, of course, have to eat to stay alive but I had to stop nursing the baby around 6 weeks because of this… I was eating just enough to get enough energy and milk to come in but had to stop towards 6 weeks because the stress in my life tripled and I had loss more of an appetite. This has never been “me”, and I’m experiences a ton of changes since my pregnancy ended. I am hoping I “snap out of it” eventually, but for the time being, I call my doctor and he’s been helping me through the post op recovery (I had a c-section which is also my first time having serious major abdominal surgery, aside from a few colonoscopies in my past).

  192. Laurie on June 21st, 2012 11:49 pm

    Yep, my throat gets sore just before my period every month. It feels like I’m coming down with something, because my throat hurts with every swallow and my body feels achy. It usually only lasts a day or two. For reference, I’m almost 38. Within the last two years, I have noticed other “feminine issues” generally (not necessarily along with my monthly sore throats), such as more frequent feminine infections and irregular periods from time to time (sometimes closer together and heavier and sometimes skipping a period.) I’d already figured out a definite correlation between the sore throat and my period, but it’s always good to know you’re not alone and the reason for the way you’re feeling. Thanks!

  193. Sue on June 22nd, 2012 4:41 pm

    Great article – just browsing really and came across it. I have always had a sore throat just before my period and its best indicator of when Im going to start bleeding. I have irregular periods (have been from 20days to 6months in the past but usually 33-50days). I have polycystic ovaries and grade III endometriosis. I had Cervical cancer stage 1 last year so and endless amount of gynae related appointments. Will hopefully be starting IVF later this year.. its interesting to read the reason why we get sore throats at this time, so thank you Dr S Park.

  194. Carmela on June 24th, 2012 10:39 am

    It’s such a relief to see that I’m not the only person who gets a sore throat, extreme fatigue and flu-like symptoms for the week before my period. It took me about a year to put it together. I am going to start with no food 3 hours before bedtime to see if that helps, and maybe try the Neti-Pot. My biggest problem is fatigue- I can’t get through the day without a nap- I feel like I’m losing a big part of my day. I’m hoping if I sleep better at night I won’t have to sleep during the day. Do you have any recommendations about caffeine? Should it be completely restricted? Or is okay to have a cup of tea in the morning? Are vitamins necessary? I can’t take them because they upset my stomach. I eat a balanced diet, except no red meat or poultry, but I do eat fish, eggs and dairy. Thanks.

  195. Andrea on July 4th, 2012 11:06 pm

    I experience ear pain that is extreme and a headache about a week before my period. What could cause this to happen and how can I help the pain?

  196. Letitia on July 16th, 2012 9:06 am

    I too suffer from these symptoms and have been doing so every since I had a tooth pulled and developed strep throat from it which was 12 years ago. 2-3 days before my period begins I have terrible chills and body aches which feels like the flu, the day of my period I always develop a severe sore throat to where most times I can’t eat, a high fever, chills, headaches and muscle aches. I’ve gone to about 10 doctors and they don’t see the connection but other than this happening every month I am healthy. It’s so Depressing to have to schedule your life around 10 days every month!

  197. Kayleigh on July 20th, 2012 9:07 pm

    This happened to me all the time when i got my period, and i never payed much attention to it til it started getting worst. I had a sore throat for 2 weeks, with a very high fever. in the 2nd week i stopped eating and drink because i couldnt swallow (not even my own spit) the drs. said it wasnt strep or anything that they tested me for and sent me home with no meds and just told me to rest. After becoming severely dehydrated (to the point of twitching because my muscles had no water in them), i decided to go to the hospital. I found out that my immune system dropped around my time of the month because of the lack of iron in my blood (anemia) which is very common in women! I had a abscess growing on my tonsils and had to have a tonsillectomy. Ofcorse, that situation might not be whats happening to everyone, but anemia can be a cause. Vitamins should help.

  198. Jamie Guzman on July 21st, 2012 6:53 pm

    Every single month, before my period starts, I feel like I am being hit with a cold. Dizzy, sore throat, stuffy nose, h/a…. I cant sleep enough right now!

  199. laura on July 31st, 2012 1:49 pm

    wow this is quite interesting. i am 47. and i am menopausing. my cycles are way off. but i have notice the last couple months. right before i start my cycle my throat glands swell and and get sore. i take halls to temp help it out :)

  200. janie on August 6th, 2012 5:38 am

    WOW, i seriously thought i was just going crazy and my friends thought i was crazy. i still remember in middle school i had outdoor basketball practice i would be like is there something with the air? my throat hurts so bad it is like acid.
    and i would constantly be the idiot eating/drinking and get all acidyyy while everyone is perfectly normal.
    then over the years i starting puzzling it together. so i wanted to learn more and googled it. did NOT exist. so i thought i was the only person in the world.
    today i decided to look it up one last time cause i swear it is not a coincident… it is true! i dont get pains or anything but i get acid. and WHIPPIE i am not the only girl in this world :D

  201. D Durand on August 7th, 2012 11:34 am

    Yes.. always got a sore throat a few days before my period. At first I was like, oh no! I am getting sick.but then after a while, I knew it always went away once the period started… and took it a weird sign of mine, that my period was about to start. Aslo, I would get achey thigh muscles! and be very, very sleepy and tired a few days before, and a slight case of indigestion feelings… and a bad headache. All welcome signs though, that my period was about to start, so be on the lookout!

  202. Ell on August 9th, 2012 9:20 pm

    So I knew my headaches were related to period but my sore throat, who knew? I am on day 27 of my cycle and my headache was so intense today that it was fast becoming a migraine. I left work in a hurry, got home, took Excedrin and headed for a dark cool room to wait for relief. After my headache subsided, I recalled that when I woke up this morning, I felt a bit “off” with a hoarse voice, raw feeling in my throat, and a feeling of slight chest congestion with a cough. I used to get regular chest pain that resonated from my breastbone and the cartilage between my ribs years ago. I don’t recall if it was in conjunction with my period starting or not but today it is back with a vengeance. I also felt extremely tired the last couple of mornings so I tried getting more sleep by going to bed early but I still woke exhausted. I am 49 years old and my periods have been a bit sketchy the last couple of years but this has got to be the worst cycle in a long time. Glad I’m not alone!

  203. Lisa on September 3rd, 2012 12:54 pm

    …came on your webpage and feel a bit more relieved…every month just before my period I get sore throat and throat and tongue and jaw cramping…even my chin hurts if I push on it….I used to think it was just due to stress but it always happens just days before my period…I take three cycles of birth control and so only have a period 4 times a year…. even when I’m not due to get a period, as soon as I get almost done with one pack of pills …the symptoms happen…I do notice that higher amounts of calcium and magnesium help…but if I slack off it comes back…It’s nice to know that there are others experiencing the same thing… I can’t eat any dairy but try to use Almond milk and soy as a replacement for the calcium… Thanks for your page…seems there’s a lot of us with these odd symtoms

  204. Lisa on September 20th, 2012 4:35 am

    Each month two days before I get cold-like symptoms. Runny nose, body aches, sore, hoarse throat and hot/cold flashes (amongst other symptoms). When my period starts I get an itchy throat. All these symptoms diminish as my period progresses. I hate it! I finally realized I’m not getting a cold every month. Only PMS and menses symptoms. I am 43, perimenopausal and want this to be over!i find no relief.

  205. Liz on September 22nd, 2012 12:45 pm

    I’m 50 and still completely regular. My Grandma was the first to point out to me: “oh, you are coughing, your period is coming”. She was so right. I don’t get a sore throat, but I have a terrible dry hacking cough – which causes my throat and lungs to feel sore from the coughing but not sore as in “sick” sore. It starts a few days before my period. I don’t see people talking about just a cough in these posts. But, it’s likely the same thing do you think?

  206. Del on October 12th, 2012 11:10 am

    Wow! What a huge relief to discover it’s not just me with these weird symptoms!! I almost always get a sore throat a couple of days before & at the start of my period & am convinced “oh no, I’m getting sick!” then it just goes away. It has happened so many times that i started to make the connection to my period. I just worry it’s a symptom of some other serious issue brought about by the increased progesterone levels the Dr. mentions..

  207. Del on October 12th, 2012 11:43 am

    Oops! guess it’s ‘decreased’ progesterone? Anyway, I am 42 & along with the brutal cold/sore throat symptoms, my periods are getting worse & worse. My legs, knees, hips, butt, back & stomach ache horribly. My stomach actually burns & feels like a band up by my ribs, & the pressure/pain in my lower abdomen & back are excruciating. Add the sore throat & trouble staying asleep & I feel like I’m losing my mind. There has got to be something Doctors can do to help those of us suffering this way every month!

  208. teresa clayton on December 8th, 2012 2:51 pm

    I’m so glad I found this site, I thought I was going mad also and felt like a hypercondriac with these constant monthly sore throats and colds. My night disturbances are terrible, waking hourly, dry mouthed, needing to drink then of course use the toilet. I’ve had throat issues as long as my mother can remember, but they’ve got worse this last two years. I’m 46, peri menopausal and with very heavy periods ? anaemia. So I’ll do an experiment, try the not eating etc 3 – 4 hours before bed, and see how it goes. My dr referred me to various specialists over time but this has never been suggested. Will go and see if she can shed any light on a low progesterone count and take it from there. I don’t feel so crazy or tired of saying,’I’ve got a rotten period and a sore throat…again’.

  209. Audrey on December 17th, 2012 10:33 am

    I am also a singer and have freaked out every time this has happened each month. It seems to be much worse during the winter with the heat drying me out during the night.

    Things I have found that help are:

    1. Chiropractic adjustments.

    2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. I have found this to be extremely helpful to drink water throughout the day. We need it and our body can work better for us with enough of it. I’ve tried to do around half your body weight in ounces per day rule.

    3.Think about the position of your tongue. When speaking is it tense and lifted? blocking off your throat? Try to relax the tongue and depress it towards the bottom of your mouth.

    Hope this helps!!

    karni eldad on February 6th, 2010 11:22 am Wrote:

    yes. it hurts. beeing a singer it terrifies me because I can’t sing. it goes on during the period and stops when it stops. it’s been like this for over a decade. what can I do?

  210. jennifer on January 3rd, 2013 4:13 pm

    I have experienced sore throats beofre my period for at least a decade…….noone has ever been able to explain it to me……i have heard “weakened immune system” more then a handful of times……….very frustrating – hate having a sore throat and here I sit wiht a sore throat on the day my period is expected………had a baby 8 months ago and had very few if any sore throats throughout pregnancy……..

  211. Chet on January 25th, 2013 8:46 am

    Unbelieveable, I’m a physician myself and I have sore throat pre-menstrually, almost every cycle. it seemed so natural to assume it was PMS but everyone else laughed it off. I think we need to do a study on this. Look at all the women here with sore throats!!!!!

  212. Steven Park on January 25th, 2013 5:38 pm

    Jennifer,

    Thanks for your comments. The reason for your lack of sore throat may be due to the fact that progesterone goes up and stays up during pregnancy. After you deliver, it drops down again and cycles with your periods.

  213. Steven Park on January 25th, 2013 5:41 pm

    Chet,

    Ideas for research include topical progesterone, PPIs, nasal breathing optimization, and a mandibular advancement device. All these options directly or indirectly opens up the airway while sleeping.

  214. Renee on February 8th, 2013 2:23 pm

    About five years ago I started getting a sore throat right before my period and on the day of my period when I would lay down to go to sleep I would feel my throat start to get clogged with flem. I would start to choke and notice I was choking up blood. It totally scared me and I had to sleep upright until it stopped(after an hour or two). Then it went away only to come back next month on the first day of my period. This went on for three months until I went and saw a doctor. They put a camera down my throat and they could not find anything. I had lung X-rays done and the Dr. said I had smoker lungs of a 65 year old and I was only 34 and I have never smoked… Very confusing. The more I journaled I realized it all revolved around my period. The doctor put me on birth control to get rid of my periods which got rid of my problem. But then the Sid affects of the pill was causing to many other problems so I got off. I have had CT scans MRIs etc. and the conclusion is I have a rare type of endometriosis in my lungs. I tried to look back to see if I had changed my diet any any way and I did… I started drinking green tea about five years ago because I heard it helped you loose weight. I had about 15 unwanted lbs. from having my second baby. And sure enough it was working slowly. About 3 lbs a month without any change in diet or exercise. This whole thing all started 6 months after drinking green tea twice a day. I stopped drinking the green tea when I got off the birth control pill. Everything was going fine for about 7 months but then I gained that weight back so I started drinking green tea again and sure enough two months later it all started up again. Coughing up blood again. I stopped drinking green tea and it went away. It does not make sense. But one thing that has not went away is the sore throat right before my period. If I am not careful and overdo myself and don’t get enough rest or not eat healthy I end up getting a full blown cold and it usually turns into bronchitis. I have learn that when I get that sore throat before my period I take it easy and take extra vitamin C for it not to turn into bronchitis. I am 40 now and about two years ago my periods were extremely painful and sex was painful and urinating was getting painful. I went to the Dr. And they did an ultra sound and I had a cyst on my left ovary the size of a grapefruit. They removed it and half of my ovary. Everything went fine but I can’t help wondering if all of this was related or none of it was related… But my periods are starting to get painful again and I hope I don’t have a cyst again.

  215. Surbhi Jani on February 23rd, 2013 1:29 am

    Hi Doctor,
    I am facing the same problem ie. Sore Throat before my monthly period from past 3 years after my 1st Delivery. It was normal (Forceps) Delivery. I have never face this problem prior to my delivery. Every month i face such problem with fever, as per doctors its due to viral infection. Every month it is cured by anti biotic. Is it due to hormones imbalance? how to cure it permanently, pls advice me.

  216. Jawaria on February 24th, 2013 8:41 am

    Dear Sir,
    I am very happy to read your invaluable page. I am 30 and have been suffering from this problem for the last 2 yrs. sometimes my throat is so sore prior to my periods, that I can’t even swallow. It becomes white from the inside. It gives me a high fever and bodyaches. Ihave to take 3rd generation Antibiotics every now and then. I have seen doctors in Pakistan and Dubai. They think that my immune system becomes weak at that time. One doctor thinks that it’s Chronic Tonselitis and I should get operated upon.
    Plz advise soon.
    Regards
    Jawaria Omer
    Lahore Cantt.
    Pakistan

  217. peggy on February 25th, 2013 1:23 pm

    this is for the 1st time this had happened when i saw that im in my menstrual periods i immidiately started having flu and tonsils and got more sicker n its been 2 days now im still sick with flu and tonsils and still got my periods so this is new to me and just dont understand whats going on and im only 24years old what to do now?.

  218. Renee on February 28th, 2013 10:34 pm

    The only way that it will go away far as I know is to get on a birth control pill that will take away your monthly period and this problem should go away. I did it and it worked, but I am 40 now and I was having too many side affects from it and the older you get it he more chance of serious side affects….

  219. Renee on February 28th, 2013 10:37 pm

    Oh ya, I forgot to tell you I have no tonsils and it still happens to me… Tonsils probably don’t have any correlation to the problem… I would hate to see you do a surgery that will not fix your problem. Get rid of your period and you should get rid of the problem…

  220. bmommyx2 on March 2nd, 2013 12:16 pm

    Wow, I’m glad I stumbled upon this & it’s good to know it’s not just me. I noticed after my first son was born over 6 yrs ago that my throat was kinda weird. Not sore, but like it was sort of closed up, like something was stuck in it. It was difficult to swallow & water didn’t help neither did lozenges. A week after my son was born it was really bad & I was at a family get together & I tried to drink some water & started to choke on it. I had my hubby get my cousin who is a doctor & he was busy & he told me since I could talk I wasn’t choking & it passed. I would notice it every so often & then realized it happens right around ovulation (I was tracking my ovulation). I didn’t get it every month, but most & sometimes it was really bad & sometimes not so much. It’s more often at night, but not always. It’s always gone in less than 24 hrs, but sometimes it doesn’t last long. I did notice that once in a while I also get it around my period too. I mentioned it to my OB & his 1st though was allergies. I figured that it was caused my something hormonal. Also I had to take progesterone to get pregnant with my second son, I wonder if it’s related to low progesterone? This is so fascinating & I would love to know more about it. Out bodies are still such a mystery.

  221. bmommyx2 on March 2nd, 2013 12:51 pm

    Doctor Steven Park, I have been reading your responses this is so fascinating. I wanted to add that before having my son at the age of 38 I had been on the pill for about 20 yrs. I am no longer on the pill, but since just before getting pregnant with my second son I started to take progesterone due to a short luteal phase. I had four miscarriages in between before I realized my luteal phase was the problem. I start just taking it around ovulation & stop if I get my period. I haven’t payed attention if I have the weird throat thing the months that I take the progesterone. If I know I couldn’t be pregnant I don’t take the progesterone & I waited after my son was born until my cycle started to resume taking it. Regarding snoring, my hubby has always complained about my snoring & of course it was much worse during both pregnancies that he often slept with our son. Both of my parents also snore & I have seasonal allergies. My nasal passages are often swollen (no mucus) & cause sinus pressure & often turn into migraines. For me it’s more of an annoyance that a true problem, but if it happens at night I often wait it out before going to bed. I did notice years ago that often when I got sick it was near my period & I have always wondered if my immune system is not at it’s best & leaves me more susceptible to illness?

  222. naba on March 3rd, 2013 10:46 pm

    I hate buying cough drops every dam month, Im 27years old and this year omg i’ve been experincing alot of symptoms that I normally dont expiernce, first 1 is the sore throat, bodyheat during ovulation, peperoni face 10 or 15days before my period, PMS goten worse, last one is 32days period length.

  223. Teresa on March 6th, 2013 9:25 pm

    So this is why I always get sore throat before my period…
    My lips also get really dry!

  224. Click Here on March 19th, 2013 9:01 am

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  225. Pamela on March 21st, 2013 7:37 am

    I am quite relieved to read that sore throats and periods are connected BUT mine is normally toward the end of and after…so last month I had the sore throat for 2 weeks went away and now back again! It had stopped for ages until last month when it started again…..there must be something to help at this time!?

  226. Angie on March 25th, 2013 2:57 am

    I am 28 and I have been getting a sore throat among other cold/flu symptoms usually beginning the day I start my period. I almost always start in the evening time and get the sore throat and other symptoms within 90 minutes of the start of the bleeding. I have not yet been to sleep at the time this begins. Other symptoms I get are body aches/ painful cramping, changes between overly hot and overly cold and headaches. every now and then I get an ear ache as well. This sucks why does it happen?

  227. charlotte on April 7th, 2013 7:34 am

    I get a sore throat every time. I have thyroid problems so I assume my menstrual was screwing up my thyroid levels. I have heard all the stated causes lowered immunity, PMS, yep… there is a need to study this further

  228. Ruth on May 8th, 2013 6:27 am

    Hello,

    I too get a sore throat before my period, and feel like I have the start of a cold. However, I also have bumps that rise on my hands, with a small red dot in the middle of each. Any ideas?!

    Thanks :)

    Ruth

  229. Eadie on May 30th, 2013 11:58 am

    Dr Park,
    I recently turned 50. my last three periods during ovulation I get sore throats and this time I noticed some bumps in the back of my throat under the uvula. I also get a stuffed ear. It seems to go away once the period starts- but often- it turns into a cold or minor sinus infection that lasts for 2 weeks. it goes away eventually without antibiotics but symptoms return during ovulation.
    I am a singer and any throat thing freaks me out. it is not hugely painful- but uncomfortable to swallow… I neti pot regularly- I take zyrtec daily and lately a benadryl at bedtime. gargling with salt water… any other suggestions for relief?
    thanks!

  230. Anna on June 26th, 2013 2:44 am

    Dr. Park
    I am 55 years old and postmenopausal. I have for the last one month sore throat one day in the inside of the throat and the other day on the outside of the throat. No other symptom (fever, etc)
    I wonder if your explanation of the sore throat is also for the postmenopause period.
    Thanks!

  231. sarah on July 1st, 2013 5:54 pm

    My sore throats are during the whole time i am having my period. it is verysharm like i have a cut back there. i dont see anything but it hurts. i have been having this problem for about a year now.

  232. Lynn on August 31st, 2013 10:17 am

    Here’s something for you to help me with. A year and a half ago, my husband and I were at some friends house visiting and we were there over night. I am allergic to cats and they had one. Two days later I started getting blood in my throat and my chest rattling. Then a month later it happened again. It seemed every time I was somewhere where there were cats or something I was allergic to that a day or two later I would get these symptoms again and they last for about 3 days. Then about 8 or 9 months ago I realized they are happening around my cycle. In 2010 I had a hysterectomy, but left my ovaries. So I know when it is that time of the month. But without fail it is happening every month. I do not get a sore throat, but my throat will burn and drive me nuts! It mostly effects me when I lay down to go to bed. My chest rattles and I cough up blood. My throat will burn and last night my stomach was upset. I am thinking it is from the blood irritating it, I guess. I can cough the blood up during the day, but mostly early evening and when I am trying to go to sleep. When this started happening a year and a half ago, my Dr. tested me for Tuberculosis, negative. He said it just must be my allergies acting up and prescribed me an inhaler to help open my lungs at night. But now that I realized it is somehow associated with my menstrual cycle, I am baffled. Can you help me????
    Thank you,

  233. Stacey on October 6th, 2013 11:33 am

    I’m 46 and this just started about 6 months ago. I thought it was allergies. My voice actually gets horse/scratchy. Nice article…

  234. Rebecca savage on October 17th, 2013 4:25 pm

    Hi, I’ve been getting sore glands below my ears at the top of my neck. I wasn’t quite sure when it was occurring as its not there all the time. It’s started again today and I have a period due so I am now wondering if its every month with my period. Just wondering if anyone else has the same? Sometimes I even feel like my teeth hurt!
    Thanks.

  235. lauren on November 20th, 2013 8:49 am

    Good day

    Ive noticed just before my periods i get contionous migraines for 2 days on and off, and while on my periods, it feels as though my throat is closed and have post nasal drip, because it feels as though i need to swallow all the time. Is that all normal? especially when my periods are heavy.

  236. slrf on November 20th, 2013 9:19 pm

    YES!!!! YES!!!! Same as Tonya!!!

    “Tonya on July 10th, 2010 8:22 am
    Yes, this happens to me every single month I get a sore throat along side migranes its gets worse with every month and my periods are moving up to three weeks apart now instead of four, I have 1 week out of the month that I feel good the rest is consumed with pre – during – and post symtoms I can’t take it anymore. I’m extremely fatigued, irratable you name it I got it, and its very heavy.
    Any advice? Its consuming my life right now.”

    I just turned 38, I have two children 8 & 10. I am allergic to a lot of environmental things like dogs, cats, trees, ragweed, mold, dust, etc. So basically I’m on allergy meds 9 months out of the year.

    Anyway, if while I’m on these meds and I get a sore throat, I’ve always attributed it to an actual cold over the last few years. Well, in August I just started working out 3-5 times a week. Sometimes twice a day. While I have my period, I have 1-2 days where my entire body is in pain and I cannot workout. I also don’t feel comfortable working out with a heavy flow (1-2 days). Then I noticed a few more days were being taken up by this “cold” that went no where. It appears 2-3 days before my period starts, lasts the whole week, and clears up just after. My ears burn also (which is normal for me with sore throat). I also feel run down (having problems staying alseep in my “old” age too). :-(

    Anyway, I feel that because I am concerned about missing workouts I finally figured out that this sore throat seems to happen just before my period. Last month (really three weeks ago b/c as with Tonya it seems as if my periods are getting closer) ) I ended up at the doc the night before my b-day getting tested for strep b/c when I swallowed there was such a huge lump on my left side I felt like I was going to choke on my dinner. No strep and he gave me a script for antibiotics if I didn’t feel better by Friday. Which I did so I never took them. 14 days with a sore throat, 12 days without a site throat now BAM sore throat again. This is now affecting my workout program and I need to lose 80 lbs. HELP!!!

    Btw, when I was younger I got migraines a lot more with my period. Not as frequent now. I also get a sore left armpit for the last several years.

  237. Dana on January 12th, 2014 11:35 pm

    I am 45. My periods have ALWAYS been 28 days apart….I could set my calendar by it….plan vacations, anything because they never change. This month for the first time my period came at 23 days,…..but I have a SEVERE sore throat…I searched early period/sore throat and came across this. I just went to the doctor six mnnths ago for my annual tests, they tested my hormone levels, thyroid, everything….and everything looked good. Do I need to go back and get rechecked or can I want until my next scheduled appointment. I am have always been a very, very healthy person… never get the flus or colds…..got pregnant easily…but this last year has been very tough and I know I am in a huge depression.,,wondering if my mental health is finally starting to affect my physical….any advice?

  238. Eleonor on January 14th, 2014 5:31 pm

    On my teenage years, i remember having fever before my menstruation, but in my late 20’s good thing i dont get that fever anymore, but i get severe headaches and running nose. Until now that i’m mid 30’s it bothers me having clogged nostrils and i have sleepless night. Thanks now i understand why.

  239. bmommyx2 on January 16th, 2014 1:09 am

    for me it’s not so much of a sore throat, but a weird feeling in my throat. It only affects me for a short period of time, more often at night or the later part of the day. It feels almost like something is stuck in my throat & I’m having trouble swallowing. I first noticed this in the hospital after my oldest was born. I don’t notice it every month, but I started to pay more attention to what time of the the month & it’s either right around the time I ovulate or a day or two later. I think it’s hormonal. Not sure if it’s related, but since I had had several miscarriages I was monitoring my cycle closely & realized I have a short luteal phase (the time between ovulation & menstruation). I also too Progesterone to conceive my second son. Could all be unrelated, but I would be curious to know if anyone else had any of these same issues.

  240. socorro alzate on January 25th, 2014 12:47 am

    Hi …. I am only 21 years old and I have noticed that for the past 6 months I have been getting severe sore throat pain and awful burning mouth like if I drank boiling water.. usually would go away in a day or two but would leave my lips dry and peeling.. it is awful!!!!! I feel that it might be because of my hormones in my birth control.. and if so I’m thinking about getting it out.. one more thing.’ I’ve noticed that most women in this blog are pre menopausal…. are my hormones making me get these symptoms??? Please help……….. what is something that can help????

  241. M on February 8th, 2014 12:41 pm

    My entire neck area just feels swollen and kind of inflamed, starting about 1 week before my period. I don’t have any soar throat symptoms or swollen lymph nodes. It’s more like the entire neck feels swollen and uncomfortable. I can tell the skin around my neck is more puffy too. I have had chronic fatigue to a debilitating level but I’m almost recovered so I don’t think it’s thyroid related. I also have lingering sensation of being choked but this has been going on for about year. It’s only before my period that my neck/throat feels inflamed though.

    This all started when I was given high dose estrogen for 3 weeks following a uterine surgery 5 years ago at age 33 due to intrauterine adhesions following an ERPC. Before this I was healthy as a nut.

  242. Jennifer on February 26th, 2014 9:25 am

    I have been getting the sore throats lately along with cold/flu like symptoms prior to ovulation/menstruation. I used to get these symptoms monthly several years ago and I was not sure why all of the sudden they had started back up. The only thing that is different is I started using bovine colostrum which contains milk. I don’t totally avoid all dairy but milk (even lactose free) makes me bloated and gives me congestion, which I have since I started the supplements. I am curious if going off the supplements will help with the sore throats/reflux that I did not have before. I use almond milk for my creamer so keep this in mind that you may want to try an alternative to milk for a month and see if it helps your symptoms. I will post again if the sore throat/sick symptoms disappear by next month.

  243. Rachael on February 27th, 2014 11:02 am

    Just providing another case for you…
    My throat gets sore before my period, and I find that it is very hard for me to sleep, too. I like how you mentioned that the lack of sleep can cause other issues. The issue that I develop due to missing sleep is sinus congestio and fluid in my ears. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that I had a sinus infection almost every month. My husband thinks I get a cold and keeps his distance, but I have thought for a long time that it was just some sort of menstral symptom. If I am able to allow myself to sleep into the morning and afternoon to compensate for the sleep that I lost during the night, my sinuses are much better. Sometimes, my sinus pain will go away after a nap. I have noticed that I get ansomnia before my period for the last few years. All of this typically goes away once my period starts, but then I get cramps.

  244. Steven Park on February 27th, 2014 8:21 pm

    Rachael,

    Thanks for posting. Sinus pain is oftentimes treated as an infection when they’re really not an infection at all. It’s been shown that the vast majority of sinus pain and pressure is actually a variation of a migraine, happening in the sinuses. Poor sleep can definitely aggravate migraines in any part of the body.

  245. Tina on March 16th, 2014 4:26 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for this article. I have always has a scratchy sore throat may be a week to 10 days before my periods. and this was my symptom that I would be mhaving my periods soon. I always knew that it was co-related but my doctor laughed at me and told me that this was the craziest thing she ever herd.

    I will be grateful if you can prescribe some medication for this. Every moth I end up disturbing my husband & childrens sleep. Thanks / Tina.

  246. Sonia on March 20th, 2014 11:33 am

    Mine is similar, but instead of getting a sore throat I get what I call junk in my throat. I get lots of blood and I am constantly clearing and coughing to get it out of there. When I sneeze, out it comes! Sick! it is worse at night. I am so tired of this blood that gathers in my throat. The Dr. was worried and even checked me for Tuberculosis. Negative, which was good.

  247. Lisa Palma on April 2nd, 2014 10:48 am

    Hi. I Have this condition.it took me a while to notice as it only happens when i am on my cycle…fatigue..crying..confussion are amoung other symptoms…but it goes away the min my period starts…it feels like a pressure release of some sort.kindly advice on diet and which foods specifically can help reduce this.thank you!

  248. Heather on April 3rd, 2014 7:45 pm

    I just got my period yesterday and this morning I woke up with a slightly sore throat. Can this happen during your period or only before? I see a lot of comments saying before. This is the first time this has happened! Lol

  249. Kris on April 27th, 2014 10:27 pm

    I am 49 and know my progesterone levels have dropped. I now have been getting sore throats the past few months, usually end of day, throughout the night, my throat feels very dry, eventhough i drink plenty of water. My throat feels better some days and then
    Starts up usually right after my period however. For me, my hormones are all over the place and this is one fairly “new” symptom going into menopause. Not fun, but a lot of us have these symptoms and doctors don’t seem to know about it too much.

  250. Jen on May 25th, 2014 11:16 am

    Yep. Get sore throats before my period. I used to think that I got colds way too often. Now, I realize I just have really bad PMS! Geez! The only good thing is that now that I know that PMS is the problem, I can relax a little and just treat the symptoms rather than worrying that there is something wrong with my immune system.

  251. Heather on June 3rd, 2014 11:48 pm

    Hi ,

    I too have been experiencing the same symptoms above with congestion and sore throat. I will try the recommendations, however I just recently had pink eye in my right eye. It went away with antibiotic drops after about a week. Well now a month had passed and my other eye is having symptoms of pink eye as well. It so happens that my first pink eye battle was during my period and now my period is about to start and I can feel the pink eye coming.. Does anyone know of any links between the two?

  252. Angela on June 9th, 2014 3:10 pm

    Thank goodness I found this page! I have been suffering with this for almost 3 years to the point that I am unable to work during this time every month which can vary from 2 days to a whole week at its worst! My doctor originally sent me to an ENT specialist who suggested I had GERD. Today I had a Gastroscopy and I have recently been to a sleep clinic both of which came back with negative results. I just knew that this was something to do with my hormones but like others have been told by my doctor that there is no link!
    This has really affected my quality of life, my work are very understanding but I feel so embarrassed having to explain that I feel so unwell yet not being able to tell them why! I will definitely be taking a print out of this information for my follow up appointment in a couple of weeks!
    Thanks!

  253. chick on June 12th, 2014 10:04 am

    I always hv sore throat n it has some how become a part of my life.I hate it soo much n wish it will jst go away

  254. Melody on June 16th, 2014 7:33 pm

    I’m glad I stumbled across this while doing research. I have a question though. Could the progesterone get so low that it could cause seizures? I’ve been battling with a previous neurologist telling him that they were hormone related and all he said was I was probably right. I’m going to a new neurologist in July but it would be nice to have any info to help and to ask more questions. Also if you know, can large tonsils themselves cause seizures? I’ve always had large tonsils so I’m just curious. I like to eliminate anything I can. Thanks!

  255. Steven Park on June 16th, 2014 8:45 pm

    Melody,

    Having large tonsils can disrupt breathing and sleep quality. Many patients with large tonsils will have untreated obstructive sleep apnea. We know that sleep deprivation or poor sleep can lower your seizure thresholds, meaning that you’re more likely to have seizures if you’re already predisposed. Obstructive sleep apnea can also significantly affect your hormone levels.

    You may consider seeing an ENT to see if he or she can help you.

    Good luck.

  256. New Mom on June 18th, 2014 12:47 am

    My sore throat, along with other symptoms of fatigue and slight nauseousness come around just before my cycle, and linger during. It never used to be like this. After the birth of my son it started. This sore throat though…it’s so annoying, it’s only on one side, it came on a day we had 90 degree weather, and i’m still suffering from it.. not even pain killers relieve the pain.

  257. Melody on June 18th, 2014 7:41 am

    I have another question. Can large tonsils affect female reproductive hormones? When I was doing research once I found a website that said they can/do but I’ve never found it again.

  258. Jane turner on June 30th, 2014 3:11 am

    I have been getting terrible mouth ulcers and sore throats – to the point of being unable to eat every couple of weeks for over two years. Seen a specialist and he said low iron … But it’s not hideously low .. ( 13). The sore throat is like mild tonsilitus …. – temperature and sore to swallow with earache. One time I even got full on tonsilitus (had tonsils out at seven but have a little but of tissue left in there).
    So am seeing ENT specialist again in September. -I am 37 with a little 3 year old girl.
    I have monitored the bouts and they are literally every month dead on – just a couple of days before I come on.
    Any ideas ?

  259. Jane on June 30th, 2014 3:51 pm

    Well I gave up smoking nearly 2 years ago and suddenly started getting terrible ulcers and sore throats to the point of not being able to eat and one barely being able to drink water it was so sore – always on one side (left) and after six months had enough so went to Drs who did strep and found nothing and did iron tests and found low (but not drastic) Iron- referred to ENT – waited 6 months to be seen and nothing – again low (about 13) iron but not drastic so they sent me back to Doctors with ferrous sulphate.
    I went back to see Dr unhappy with this as a solution and unhappy that despite the ferrous I was still getting sore throats and ulcers ever 3-5 weeks – rereffered to the ENT dept but asked to take a special swab this time!! – the appointment is in two months … in the meantime various diagnosis have been’
    tonsilitus (with no tonsils- but there is leftover tissue there that got infected),
    herpes simplex
    just very bad ulcers (all down throat)
    anaemia

    I am at the end of my tether – all I can say is that I have made a note of the times and it is every month – always about 2 days before my period. I start to get ulcers then the throat starts – horrid temp, feel groggy and very teary and grumpy and then I get very low for about 24 hours, I come on and the throat is in full swing then – after 5 days its all gone ….

    Its great apparently the doctors said to live with it …. amazing 7 days out of 28 feeling shocking ….. that’s a quarter of my life feeling crap, is there really no way around this ????

  260. PJ on July 2nd, 2014 3:54 pm

    Amazing! I have noticed over the last few years that I get a sore throat & itchy ears just before my period starts. I thought it was just a big coincidence or that I was imagining it. Glad to see I am normal after all!

  261. Shanelle on July 18th, 2014 3:44 am

    I am 30 years old. I have had sore throat for the last 3 days. I thought it was a cold but by now the sore throat would be gone and the cough would be more frequent. During the day it is there but manageable, at night if I wake up to go to the bathroom the inside of my throat feels hot and scratchy and it takes a while for cold water or lozenges to soothe it. I came searching for reasons why a sore throat would last so long. When I read this I realized that my period is due in a few days. So I will wait it out and see. If it is due to my period, this will be the first time this has happened.

  262. NG on July 25th, 2014 11:24 am

    Around the end of April/beginning of May I had an extremely bad sore throat that laste about two weeks. During the time, I got my period. Within two days of getting my period, I got a bad case of bacterial pink eye in my right eye. I am 34 years old, and up until then, I’d never had pink eye in my life. The doctor prescribed antibacterial eye drops for my eye and an antibiotic for my other symptoms. When my next period rolled around at the beginning of June, I got pink eye again, this time in my left eye. But no sore throat or other symptoms. My next period came at the end of June/beginning of July, and within a few days, I developed pink eye again (in my left eye). My most recent period began approximately 3 days ago. Yesterday, I noticed that I was having drainage down the pack of my throat, and this morning, I woke up with pink eye in my right eye. The last time I saw my general practitioner, she prescribed eye drops and told me that if I got another infection to go and see an eye doctor. Up until a few months ago, this never happened to me. But now, it seems like every time I get my period, I get a pink eye infection. What is wrong with me?!

  263. Kris on July 31st, 2014 9:38 pm

    Yes! I have these symptoms except mine started as I began perimenopause. I am 49 and have had other symptoms the past several months including very dry mouth and sore throat. I wake up in the middle of the night and drink lots of water. I have been tested for hormones and they are up and down and my periods are getting shorter. This is not that uncommon in perimenopausal and menopausal women from what I am reading. Mine are definitely hormone related. Not fun!

  264. June Bourque on August 4th, 2014 1:12 pm

    I get a pain from my temple to my ear which is further aggravated by wearing glasses. It’s like something is swelling in that region. A blood vessel perhaps? Had it yesterday and today, in conjunction with the start of my period. It doesn’t happen every month but from time to time.

  265. shelley on August 13th, 2014 6:09 pm

    Yes I get the scratchy throat before my period – and my gynae told me progesterone was the culprit. I also got it in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

  266. valerie williams on August 16th, 2014 5:48 pm

    I have a Bad sore throat during my period, I thought I was grazy, I would tell people this and they would just be like Oh Ok , I feel like I have the strep throat, my nose is stuffed up. So glad to read this. What can u do for it? , mine gets so bad I sometimes lose my voice.

  267. bmommyx2 on August 19th, 2014 3:55 am

    Shelley,
    It’s interesting that you mention Progesterone as the culprit. I would love to know more if you have more info. I had been tracking my ovulation & figured out that I was ovulating late in my cycle (short luteal phase) & after a very early miscarriage I took progesterone & got pregnant the very next cycle.

  268. tasha on September 10th, 2014 7:49 am

    I have been suffering with this sore throat for the past 7 years of my life – i was constantly at the doctors surgery every month a week before my peirod and was given antibiotics to rectify this problem and told i had tonsilitus – one month i decided not to get any antibiotics (as did not have time to get to docs) and i noticed that as soon as my period came the sore throuat went away – after 7 years of dealing with this it changes every month – it is very rare however on the odd occasion i dont get it – some motnhs im fine before my period and then a few days into my peirod it comes back till the end of my period – however this is mostly common a few days before – for example i am due on my peirod on sunday – i am sat here today in agony – trying not to take any pain killers as i am ttc and have been for 12 months – i sometimes wander are my hormones the reason i cant get pregnant? which also has somethig to do with this strep throat every month
    I also suffer with severe mingraines – aching all over – tiredness and a general crappy ill feeling
    I started taking evening primrose about 16 months ago and on my first 3 months i had no sore throat at all – i was taking 3 capsules a day of 1000mg and most of my pmt subsided including my migraines- however my hair strated falling out in clumps and i could only put it down to the primrose (even though its supposed to help hair growth) i then reduced the disage to 1 capsule and back up to 2 capsules however all my symptoms came back – i was too scared to up my dosage back to 3 capsules incase i lost more hair and then started ttc (you can only take up till ovulation ) so i have stopped all together
    I was very tired and ill a couple of years ago and was told by blood results that i had no b12 in my body – i was then given an injection every week for the first 4 weeks and once a month there after for 6 months – i had no sore throat during this whole time i was having these injection (i have only just put two an two together duhhh) unless i missed an injection or two due to being lazy and not able to get to the surgery – i will be returing to the docs to have my b12 levels checked again and posisbly buy some tablets in the mean time to increase and see if this helps
    Im not sure if this would help anyone else but worth a try?
    I have tried to tell my doctor how depressing this is for me every month but they have no idea and just shrug it off as a virusRealy happy to find this as i dont know anyone else in the world who suffers like i do – nice to know im not alone and hope we find something asap to get rid of this awfull time of the month

  269. Sminu on September 10th, 2014 8:03 am

    Here is a very interesting thing I have just realised. I just finished my periods 3 days back. I saw a swelling in my throat in the past 2 days, I have been to the doctor today and seems that I have a lesion on the right lobe of the thyroid. I feel a constriction and fullness in my throat right now. And incidentally these very sore throat symptoms have hounded me since I was 15. I also used to get flu symptoms. So something to do with my autoimmune system I guess. Does my thyroid get hyperactive? Does it get hypoactive? I think this lump is the culmination of what has been happening all these 17 years. Any medical study related to this that anybody is aware of?

  270. Tamara on October 14th, 2014 7:21 pm

    I’ve been looking for some clues into my monthly premenstrual sickness…this gives me a good base to start some research. I’ve always been dismissed by doctors when I say that its correlated to my period. Two – three days prior to my period I get sore throat in the evening, I wake up the next day with it extremely irritated, nauseous, vomitting, exhausted. I already have acid reflux and take Pariet to control it but your information above may hold an explanation for me. Its like clockwork, i need to take a sick day the same day during my cycle…

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