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Sore throats, Women’s Periods, and Sleep-Breathing Issues

Posted Oct 09 2010 6:57pm

One of my most popular blog posts is the piece I did about women who have sore throats just before their periods. Take a look at the 45 comments in response to my post. To summarize, the reason why some women have sore throats along with their monthly periods is due to the relative drop in their progesterone levels. One of the positive benefits of progesterone is that it’s an upper airway muscle stimulant. It literally tenses or stiffen your tongue muscle. As progesterone drops, the tongue falls back more easily during deep sleep, causing more frequent obstructions and arousals.

I recently had a woman who told me she gets sore throats when it rains or if she gets wet. How many you have this particular condition?

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