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: It’s easier for you to be inspired during your Week 1 and Week 2 thanks to rising estrogen, which prompts changes in your brain that boost your mood and excitement. So, think of something you want to be inspired about–say, starting a new business or getting a fresh perspective on a piece of art you’re working on–and go find something that will fan your flames–such as reading accounts of female entrepreneurs or visiting an art gallery.
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: I’ve said it before, but it’s truly worth repeating: During your Week 2, treat yourself to scrumptious foods, seek out beautiful things to watch and/or listen to something amazing. High estrogen is making your senses sharper now than during any other week of your cycle so you’ll enjoy and appreciate the subtleties of these experiences even more.
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: Rising progesterone is making you more concerned about health and safety while also bringing out your inner nurturer. As a result, you may get the urge to take care of a loved one or buy a product that boosts someone’s health, like this Merck Manual Go-To Home Guide for Symptoms, which tells you when a symptom can be treated at home or it’s time to see a doctor, or this ResQMe keychain that can help you escape from a car (both of which I just bought for myself and my sisters in my own health- and safety-loving Week 3).
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Pessimism prompted by plunging estrogen in your premenstrual week may spur you to take a “devil’s advocate” approach in discussions today, meaning you may argue against something simply because that argument can be made. For example, you might say that a friend who refuses to be tied down by a mortgage, marriage and career is being irresponsible because she’s risking throwing her future away. Meanwhile, in your Week 2 when high estrogen and testosterone boosted your optimism and mood, you might have marveled about that same friend’s inspiring courage to be so carefree!