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: Once you’re past the achy, tiring part of your period, you may notice you’re trying to take a healthier approach to life: You may start taking vitamins and supplements, launch (or relaunch) an exercise regimen, cut back on whatever bad habit you’ve been meaning to cut back on or make a long-due health care appointment. Thanks goes to rising estrogen. As the level of this hormone climbs, it makes you more goal-oriented and optimistic, which can spur you to make positive changes that affect your health and well-being.
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: Watch what you say today: There’s a chance you could end up putting your foot in your mouth, Week 2 gal. Here’s why: High estrogen is making you super-chatty and high testosterone is making you impulsive and bold. As a result, this hormonal combination could have you making jokes that raise a few eyebrows, revealing a deep, dark secret about yourself (or someone else) or stating your true opinion to someone who might not be able to handle all that hard truth.
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 need to work harder at coming up with creative, out-of-the-box ideas today, for instance, if you’re seeking a way to launch your business, trying to find something fun to do or figuring out a way to make a project work. That’s because lower levels of estrogen combined with rising progesterone are pushing you to be conservative and play it safe, avoiding unproven or risky plans. Luckily, researchers have recently found several easy ways to overcome this hormonal hurdle and unlock your creativity: Try imagining putting together ridiculous combinations that would never work (like a peanut butter and marbles sandwich) or look at abstract art (like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko)–both activities prompt the brain to think more abstractly. What also works: Sit in a room with high ceilings; one study found it frees your mind and fosters “higher” thinking. Walk in a non-linear way (for instance, zig-zagging or wandering around), which prompts the brain to explore ideas that are “off the beaten path”. Or literally sit outside a box (or cubicle or square shape of any kind), which tells the brain to try something new.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Something to keep in mind: You may have a bout of nausea, dizziness, anxiety, a racing heartbeat, cramps, sweating or another type of discomfort today. Why? While irritability and sadness are hallmarks of PMS, descending estrogen can actually trigger a wide variety of side effects and the ones you experience may differ from those your friends or family members experience. Luckily, most times, these symptoms are temporary and usually last only a short while–often just a few minutes. So, when one comes over you, try to relax and remind yourself it’s likely just a normal, albeit annoying, side effect of plunging hormones.
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