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: When planning fun activities to do with friends, family or by yourself for your Week 1 and Week 2, try to pick ones that get you moving, say, going for a bike ride, taking a rock climbing class or trying your hand at zip lining. Once you get past the achy part of your period, rising estrogen during the first half of your cycle makes you enjoy using your body and getting physical!
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: Be ready to get flashes of insight today. Research shows that during your Week 2 you’re more likely to come up with a brilliant idea, say, for a new way of moving a project forward or a great way to make more money. Thanks goes to high estrogen, which revs your mental energy while also making you less critical of out-of-the-box ideas you think of, prompting you to come up with 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: Dust off your toolbox this week and make some home repairs, for instance, silence the doors that creak, unjam the window that won’t open or put up those curtains that have been sitting in a box for a year. Lower levels of estrogen make the small problems in your home stand out more than they did in the first two weeks of your cycle when this hormone was on the rise. Plus, rising progesterone, known as the “nesting hormone”, is making you want to gussy up the house!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Often, a grouchy premenstrual Week 4 mood isn’t due directly to plunging hormones. It can be due to the headaches, nausea, muscle pain and other discomfort brought on by descending estrogen. Or it could be the result of hunger, since many women are more sensitive to drops in blood sugar between meals during the second half of their cycle. So, if you feel a bit of irritability or the blues, try to pinpoint if it’s due to pain or an empty tummy and try to fix it. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much happier you feel afterward.