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Singers and women in general - In my first ever video, I share some of my extensive research on the effect of fluctuating hormones on the body and voice, and how I was able to find some balance through the use of bioidentical hormones. I hope this information will benefit you! Feel free to comment/ask questions, like or subscribe! Check out our website at: all over the world are no strangers to the effects of fluctuating or declining hormones. What you may not be aware of is that those same hormones can have an effect on your voice, especially if you are a singer. EFFECTS As I have read (and experienced first-hand!) fluctuating or declining hormones can cause hoarseness, breathiness, reduction in range, vocal fatigue and loss of flexibility. While some women breeze through this transition, for others it is the mother of all wake-up calls as Dr. Christiane Northrup refers to it. I started noticing in my late 40's that I was becoming pitchy, especially at the end of phrases, and had less vocal stamina. Tissue dryness is a primary menopause symptom, and it can affect vocal cords. "When the vocal fold tissue dries, it takes more respiration effort to make it vibrate. That respiratory effort over time contributes to vocal fatigue - you're working harder to use your voice." PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS As singers, we identify ourselves by our voices. If I have a good voice day, life is just better! The positive benefits of singing on the psyche and body are well documented. With that said, if a reduction in the way the voice responds prevents a singer from expressing themselves fully through the music, this can be frustrating and discouraging. If you are a voice professional, it can also be scary, as it may affect your ability to work. WHAT I FOUND OUT From a biological perspective, we are finite beings, with built-in obsolescence, as it were. Mother Nature is merely doing her job by decreasing our hormonal levels! As we have made great medical strides in keeping people alive longer, quality of life has become a greater issue. This has opened the door to the relatively recent study of anti-aging medicine. HORMONE THERAPY There are two types of hormone therapy, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and BHRT (bio-identical hormone therapy). The basic difference is that traditional HRT is made from pregnant mares urine and BHRT is made from yams and soybeans. There has been controversy with regard to the health risks of the use of one versus the other. Until there is evidence to the contrary, current evidence dictates that bioidentical hormones are the preferred method of HRT. I also noted that there is a wide range of opinion between practitioners regarding the delivery system of BHRT, whether it be oral, transdermal (through the skin), inserted pellets or transmucosal. There are also different dosing protocols. Each comes with it's own advantages and disadvantages. MY EXPERIENCE I started out by making an appointment for a consultation with a compounding pharmacy. The pharmacist took a medical history, and gave me a saliva test. Based on the results of the test, she then made recommendations for a treatment plan, including the type of hormones and dosages. I was prescribed topical progesterone and Bi-est cream (a combination of estriol, estradiol and testosterone) after an appointment with a doctor who specialized in BHRT. After a few weeks, my hot flashes disappeared and I was sleeping through the night again. The anxiety and bouts of depression lessened and I was more calm (ask my husband!) I also noticed my voice was becoming more consistent, and it felt more flexible. My vibrato, which was turning into a wobble, regained some of it shimmer. As the weeks progressed, I started to adjust the dosing based on how I felt, with input from the compounding pharmacist. Of course, I am still working on fine tuning the dosing of the hormones, and have just started with a new specialist in BHRT. CONCLUSION IIf you decide to research this yourself, and I certainly encourage you to do that, you will find many disparate opinions on this therapy. There is so much information online - more than I am able to write about here. I will be updating this blog with my progress and will share any new information that I come across, so stay tuned! RESOURCES Voicing the Problem by Carol Petersen, Women’s International Pharmacy Interview of Dr. Jonathan Wright by Dr. Mercola Website of Dr. Barbara Hoffman, women's health advocate (check her out on YouTube too) Disclaimer: None of the information in this blog is meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition. I am not a medical doctor and I am not suggesting any of these medications or products should be used by anyone reading this blog. I am merely stating that I use these products. Please consult your physician about using any of these products or methods.
|Title||Singing Through Menopause!|
|Author||Ruth Ratliff Vocal Trainer|
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