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: Rising estrogen is boosting your confidence as well as your physical and mental energy, which can give you the feeling you can tackle a challenging project you’ve never done before, like fixing a leaky sink or retiling the bathroom. While some projects can be done with a few YouTube videos and following the directions on a package, others really do require an expert. Or at least someone who’s done the task before and, therefore, knows where all the emergency shut-off valves are. So, before diving in, ask a friend or at least someone at the hardware store if the task you want to undertake can really be done by a newbie.
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: When something lucky happens to you today–for instance, you meet someone new who gives you a tip about a job opening or you find money on the street–you’re more likely to believe it’s due to fate or divine intervention rather than just plain ol’ coincidence or chance. That’s because high estrogen is boosting your optimism and firing up your imagination, making it easier for you perceive the mystical and magical in everyday acts.
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 opt to take a behind-the-scenes role today, for instance, letting someone else take the lead on a project or do all the talking in a presentation. That’s progesterone’s influence. As this hormone rises, it makes you quieter and more interested in being part of a support team than being the one in the spotlight.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Because plunging estrogen is sapping your brain of feel-good chemicals, you’re more prone to focusing on the bad stuff that’s happening today–like the way the clock is dragging or the unpleasant smell of the person sitting next to you–which can set off a negative, downward spiral that makes you hate your whole day. So, even though it takes more effort, try to think about whatever positive things are happening today, too–like, maybe that the doughnut shop had your favorite cruller or that a cutie you like said “hi” to you. By doing so, you’ll restore balance to your inner world and prevent a premenstrual meltdown that ends sadly with a pint of Chunky Monkey and a Keeping Up with the Kardashians marathon.