Hormonology uses hundreds of scientific studies to show you how your hormones impact you in virtually every way every day of your monthly cycle. The Hormone Horoscope is a nifty little way of dispensing this information daily. To get started, find the week you’re on in your monthly cycle (you can use this easy guide if you’re not sure), then read your Hormone Horoscope for today!
Which week are you on in your monthly cycle? Find out what it reveals about what your day has in store:
Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: As your Week 1 goes on, you may notice you’re adding more flair or color to whatever it is you’re working on, whether it’s building a website, designing a dress, drawing a holiday card or simply applying your makeup. That’s rising estrogen’s influence. As this hormone climbs higher and higher, it prompts the brain to produce more mood-lifting chemicals, which subsequently inspires you to add more touches of beauty to your world.
Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (here’s how to tell when you’re ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: You may lose your focus more easily when chatting with others or working on a project while outdoors, in a coffeehouse or in another place where there’s lots to look at. The reason? High estrogen is boosting your mood, which in turn reduces your ability to filter out visual distractions, research shows. So, if you’re on a big date or working on an important task, try to do it in a place where’s there’s less to see.
Day 15 (or the day after ovulation) to Day 22
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Week 3 is a great time to hunker down and reflect on your life and restore your energy. That’s because during the first two weeks of your cycle, rising estrogen was pushing you to explore, connect, chat, flirt and tackle to-dos with a vengeance. Now that this hormone has dipped to lower levels and sedating progesterone is rising, you can take a well-deserved breather to renew your mental and physical resources.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: This may feel like a “one step forward, three steps back” kind of day. And by that I mean you feel like you start to make a little progress on something–say, a project or relationship–only to have something happen that makes the situation worse than where you started. The reason for this is two-fold: First, plunging estrogen during this premenstrual week is making things a bit more difficult–for instance, you’re less coordinated and are likely to be in a less joyful mood–which ups the likelihood of things taking a turn for the worse. Second, this same dip in estrogen is making you prone to focusing only on the bad stuff that’s gone wrong rather than the good stuff that’s gone right, which can make you minimize any progress you’ve made. My advice? When you feel like things aren’t going your way, remind yourself that it’s just descending estrogen at play–and that things may be better than they appear or at least more fixable than they seem.