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: In the first few days of your Week 1, low pep due to bottomed-out estrogen and iron loss from menstruation may make you prefer a bit of quiet time by yourself. However, by the second half of your Week 1, you’ll likely be getting the urge to reach out to friends, family members and/or potential love interests who you haven’t spoken to or emailed in awhile. That’s rising estrogen’s influence. As levels of this hormone climb, it makes you feel more social and outgoing and gives you a longing to make more connections with others. And this urge to connect gets more and more intense as your Week 1 and Week 2 go on!
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: Skip your usual meal routine and treat yourself to something special, say, a dish that’s unusual or that you usually avoid because it’s so expensive to order or make. During your Week 2, high estrogen is sharpening your sense of smell and making your taste buds more sensitive to flavor. So, you’ll enjoy and appreciate the taste of foods more during this week 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: In Week 2 of your cycle, high estrogen and testosterone had you cutting corners on DIY instructions, challenging the speed limit while driving and taking other risks. That’s because these hormones were bumping up your pep and derring-do. In Week 3 of your cycle, things are a bit different: Lower levels of estrogen and testosterone combined with rising progesterone are slowing you down and making you prefer a safer approach to life, one where making sure you don’t electrocute yourself while building a lamp and where not flying over speed bumps Dukes of Hazzard-style is the norm.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: This may be tough to hear, but you could end up being whinier today. (And you may have just whined about being called whiny!) The problem is that plunging estrogen is bringing down levels of mood-boosting chemicals in your brain (like serotonin, dopamine and endorphins). As a result, you could feel less resilient in the face of unexpected problems (like finding out the movie you want to see is sold out) or ongoing challenges (like your roommate’s penchant for blasting polka music), making them seem more annoying than usual.
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