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: Week 1 is perfect for taking a fresh look at a stalled project, relationship or idea. That’s because you’re now past the pessimistic premenstrual Week 4 phase–where things looked bleak and impossible due to plunging estrogen–and are now in the optimistic phase of your cycle–where rising estrogen makes everything seem a bit easier to accomplish. In fact, you may be surprised to find you have a whole new way to make whatever you thought you were finished with finally work.
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 not want to take orders from others today and instead prefer to be the one doing the bossing around. That’s high estrogen and testosterone’s influence. As these hormones climb, they bring out your inner leader by upping your confidence, independence and desire for power.
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: Trying to remember the right word, name or number will likely be more difficult as rising progesterone threatens to keep your brain in a fog most of the day. Want to clear the cloudiness in your head a bit? Try exercising, such as going for a brisk walk, eating a little dark chocolate or sipping green tea. All have been shown in studies to send more blood flow to the brain, making you more alert.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Your eyes, skin and lips may feel a little drier due to plunging estrogen, which reduces your body’s output of moisture as it descends. So, try to direct fans or heaters away from you to avoid drying out even more, apply lotion right after a shower or bath to lock in moisture and use a lip balm that contains natural moisturizing ingredients, such as Shea butter or vitamin E.