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: You’re more likely to take things in stride and go with the flow if plans change today. Folks who ask for a different appointment time, prefer to meet at a different restaurant or want to do a different activity than agreed upon can thank your rising estrogen for your flexibility. As this hormone climbs, it boosts feel-good brain chemicals that help you overcome unexpected snags and adjust quickly to new plans.
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: You’ll likely notice it’s easier to stay up later, withstand a more intense workout and pile more work on your plate. Credit goes to rising estrogen and testosterone, which ratchet up energy, alertness and endurance as they climb.
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: Unlike Week 2 gals, you may notice it takes extra effort to stay awake, you’re less inspired to do a grueling workout and you can barely make it through the first to-do on your list. Blame goes to rising progesterone (a sedating hormone) coupled with lower levels of estrogen and testosterone–a hormonal combination that takes away your oomph.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: You may wonder why everyone’s giving rave reviews to a restaurant, dance club or other destination when you find it just barely adequate. The reason for the difference in opinion? Plunging estrogen is making negative aspects stand out more prominently. So, while restaurant reviewers may say a certain dish is divine, all you focus on is the dirty tablecloths. And while friends may say a certain dance club is full of hotties, all you see are losers who dance like someone’s shooting at their feet.