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: Rising estrogen in your Week 1 helps boost your mood more and more as its level climbs each day. However, despite this hormonal effect, hearing sad or irritating news can still bring down those good feelings. Luckily, this same hormone is also ratcheting up your resilience, so you’re more likely to look for positive ways to deal with it–for instance, through prayer or taking action to fix the situation–rather than turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms (like food or alcohol) or simply ruminate about it.
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: Researchers have found that you’re less trustful of others during this week of your cycle since it’s your fertile phase, which makes you more protective of whatever resources you have in case you get pregnant during ovulation. As a result, you may be less likely to lend money to a friend or loan your sister your favorite casserole dish because you’re worried you won’t get it back.
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: You may end up running late today as rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, slows you down, keeping you from getting to appointments, meetings and lunch dates on time.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Unlike Week 2 gals, hearing sad or irritating news can send you running toward unhealthy coping mechanisms, like eating, drinking alcohol or watching countless hours of reality TV. That’s because as estrogen plunges in your premenstrual week, it lowers levels of feel-good chemicals in your brain, making you more sensitive to negativity and less likely to look for positive ways to handle it.