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: Low-but-rising estrogen is making you more willing to be silly and look goofy. So, tap into that hormone-fueled openness to plan a fun weekend with a new video project (for instance, giving human voices to your pets), a trip somewhere that brings out the kid in you (like an amusement park) or an activity you and your buds can laugh all the way through (like rollerskating). Rising estrogen is promising that you’ll enjoy any zany thing you do!
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’ll likely notice you have more strength and stamina today. Credit goes to high estrogen and testosterone, which ratchet up your physical energy. While this is a good thing–heck, it’s a great thing!–I do feel it’s necessary to point out one downside to you, Week 2 gal: Your high optimism-boosting estrogen may have you convincing yourself that your physical prowess now makes you uninjurable. So, you may push yourself a bit too far, for instance, running past the point of exhaustion when training for a marathon or starting a humongous physically-demanding project (like rearranging the furniture or building a shed) and insisting on going till it’s done. My advice? (Not that I expect you to take it considering your hormone-fueled overconfidence, but, just in case….) Try to pace yourself. Despite feeling like Superwoman today, you’re still in a mortal body that can get achy, dehydrated and strained.
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: Heed the call to eat today. The moment you hear that tummy grumble, get some nutritious grub, like a bowl of low-fat granola, sunflower seeds or a falafel sandwich. That’s because rising progesterone is making you more sensitive to drops in blood sugar between meals. As a result, when you get hungry, it could put a serious dent in your mood, triggering the kind of hunger crankies that can scare people five towns away. By keeping your blood sugar level with a steady supply of healthy food, you’ll keep your mood up and avoid striking fear into the hearts of many.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: The weekend probably couldn’t come fast enough for you, Week 4 gal. With tensions rising at work or school as plunging estrogen makes everything seem so much more daunting and serious, you could use a break. And, for you, getting your mind off business or schoolwork is key this weekend. That’s because as feel-good brain chemicals dip in your premenstrual week, it becomes more difficult for you to leave annoyances and stress behind. So do things that totally transport you away from thoughts of weekday responsibilities, like immersing yourself in a hobby you love, losing yourself in a movie on the big screen or taking a trip somewhere new to surround yourself with totally different scenery.
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