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: As estrogen rises throughout your Week 1, you may be considering a minor improvement to your appearance, such as teeth whitening or a mani/pedi, or a major one, such as veneers or a chemical peel. That’s because the higher the level of this hormone climbs, the more it makes you concerned about how others see you.
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: If you encounter a problem today, chances are, after you’re done griping about it, you’re going to look for ways to make it better, plow through it without losing your cool or even make jokes about it. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are triggering a surge of brain chemicals that boost confidence and optimism, so it feels easier to take on challenging obstacles than during any other week of your cycle.
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 find you’re re-reading facts, instructions or directions multiple times before you’re totally absorbing them. That’s because sedating progesterone is tiring you out and fogging up your brain a bit, so you have to put a bit more effort into comprehending what you’re reading than you did during the first half of your cycle.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Give yourself permission to treat yourself well today. Allow yourself the extra cookie. Take a nap. Read a comic book. Watch TV. Do whatever it is you need to feel comforted and soothed. That’s because plunging estrogen ups the likelihood of aches, pains, irritability, fatigue and other annoyances. And doing little things to counter them can make all the difference between having a good premenstrual day and a lousy one.