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The researchers, at Sheffield University, discovered that singers taking the pill benefited from a more stable and controllable vocal range.

They claim the hormones help reduce the changes to the vocal chords and ligaments that control them.

Dr Filipa Lã, who carried out the study at Sheffield\’s music department, said: "Singers tend to have a more erratic voice around premenstrual and menstrual phases of the cycle. They have less vocal control, and suffer vocal fatigue and also hoarseness."

The British soprano Lesley Garrett said: "When I was taking the pill I found it reduces a lot of the symptoms that accompanied my period.

"Now I am taking hormone replacement therapy and I think this is now helping female singers extend their careers beyond the menopause."

 

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