Day 8 to ovulation (which is Day 14 in a 28-day cycle):Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak
Estrogen continues to rise throughout your Week 2, amping up all the positive effects you experienced during your Week 1. So, you’re likely to be more upbeat, optimistic, chattier and confident, plus have a sharper memory, think faster on your feet and fantasize about romance far more frequently.
The high level of this hormone is also making you more self-assured about your appearance. And, in fact, estrogen is actually boosting your attractiveness by prompting subtle shifts in soft tissue that make your facial features slightly more symmetrical.
High estrogen triggers a greater output of pain-masking endorphins in the brain, which means uncomfortable activities—like getting a tooth cavity filled or breaking in new shoes—will hurt less this week than during other weeks of your cycle.
While there are lots of benefits to enjoy about a high level of estrogen, there is one downside to be aware of: It can amp up anxiety, making you prone to stressing out over issues big and small.
One other hormone that’s key in your Week 2 is testosterone, which rises during the latter part of this week. When that happens, it tends to make you more impulsive, daring and competitive. It’s also prompting a sharp spike in your libido and makes your orgasms more intense and easier to achieve.