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!
Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: As your Week 1 goes on, rising estrogen improves your sense of taste. And this sharpened ability to detect flavor continues to rise all the way through the end of your Week 2. So, get your favorite once-in-awhile treats ready to enjoy, because you’ll appreciate them even more!
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: A lot of folks assume that you’re at your most ornery during your premenstrual week when plunging estrogen makes you more prone to being irritable. However, you can end up voicing some major complaints during your Week 2 as well. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are ratcheting up your confidence, making you less concerned with the repercussions of posting a negative review online, calling a company to point out its mistakes or demanding to see a manager to fix a problem immediately.
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: In your Week 2, you were brave, bold and eager to launch head-first into life without thinking due to high estrogen and testosterone, which made you impulsive and optimistic. In your Week 3, things change. Lower levels of these hormones combined with rising progesterone make you more cautious and have you preferring to play it safe. So, you may decline an invitation to meet someone at a bar if it’s in a sketchy location, avoid people you don’t know well or be protective in other ways.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Try to avoid the urge to “fix” problems with your appearance, say, by picking pimples, tweezing uneven eyebrows or cutting your own hair. First off, chances are, no one but you is noticing these so-called flaws. You’re just homing in on them because plunging estrogen is making you more prone to seeing the negative side of things. And, secondly, whatever kind of repair you make could end up making things worse as this same descending hormone dings your coordination while ratcheting up impatience–a recipe for a scab-causing, eyebrow-balding, lopsided haircut-making problem if there ever was one.