London, Jan 13: It's not just about family planning, a contraceptive pill may actually make a woman sing better.
According to a study conducted at Sheffield University, these pills affect the hormone which can help stabilise voice, the Daily Telegraph reported today. During menstrual cycle changes occur in vocal chords and the contraceptive pills help keep a more stable and controllable vocal range by affecting the controlling ligaments, claim the researchers.
Iterating the ''effects'' of pills, Dr Filipa La 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.'' Besides, the British soprano Lesley Garrett said, ''When I was taking the pill, I found it reduces a lot of symptoms that accompanied my period.'' Now, it is possible for female singers to extend their careers beyond the menopause, she added.