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: Once you’re past the achy, tiring part of your period, you may find you’re eager to go the extra mile and put a bit more effort into whatever you’re doing–whether it’s cooking a meal, building a birdhouse or calculating Pi. That’s rising estrogen’s influence. As your body produces more and more of this hormone, it amps up your mental and physical energy and revs motivation, which pushes you to want everything you do to be just a bit better.
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: Don’t be surprised if your brain is working a million miles a minute today and you’ve got racing thoughts. This is a common side effect of high estrogen in Week 2, which amps up your mental energy to cycle-long highs. On one hand, this can be good: You can use it to brainstorm like nobody’s business and come up with brilliant ideas for how to build a business, meet a new partner or pursue a goal. On the other hand, it can make you distracted while you’re trying to work or can keep you up at night because you can’t quiet your thoughts.
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: When pursuing a goal–be it, looking for a new job or working on a school project–doubts about your skills may creep into your mind today, making you less confident about your ability to reach the goal than you were in Week 2 of your cycle. Why? Lower levels of estrogen and testosterone are taking away that superhero mindset you had last week when these hormones were at their peaks, leading to less self-assurance. On top of that, you’ve got introspective progesterone rising, so your thoughts are turning inward, making you prone to second-guessing yourself. My advice? Try not to let negative thoughts spiral you into quitting your goal; just remember they’re just a side effect of hormonal fluctuations during this week.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Here’s a bummer: If you’ve got a headache, backache, cold or other nagging problem, plunging estrogen may worsen its symptoms and make you feel far more self-pityish about it. That’s because when estrogen is on the downswing, it amplifies aches and pains while also striking a blow to your mood–a combination that can have you turning to food, TV and whining (and if you’re anything like me, then it’s some serious whining) for comfort.
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