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: Friends may start to think you’re psychic due to your ability to know exactly how they’re feeling today. Actually, they can thank your hormones for this special talent. Researchers discovered throughout Week 1 and Week 2 of your cycle, you’re better at figuring out people’s emotions by looking at their facial expressions and body language. Their theory: Since rising estrogen is pushing you to make more social connections during this phase, your brain may sharpen this skill to help make communication easier.
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: High estrogen is making your excitement and optimism bubble over. While that’s usually a good thing, it can also mean you may not be taking necessary precautions—for instance, you may be convinced you’re head over heels in love with someone you just met, you could be easily talked into doing zany things by wacky pals or you’re more easily persuaded to buy an expensive totally out-of-your-budget item by a fast-talking salesperson. So, try to pause before impulsively jumping head-first into something that could be difficult to back out of.
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: If you feel a bout of anger rise in your Week 3 and Week 4, it could be hunger. That’s because progesterone present during these weeks is making you more sensitive to drops in blood sugar between meals. And when that happens, it can make you short-tempered and impatient. By nibbling nuts, granola bars, cheese sticks, yogurt, celery dabbed with sun butter or other healthy snacks throughout the day, you’ll keep your blood sugar stable and the hunger crankies at bay.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Your idea of a great premenstrual day probably involves a lot of guilty-pleasure TV, diving into a beach read, relaxing on a chaise lounge by a sparkling pool or being served tray after tray of scrumptious treats. Unfortunately, unless you’re one of the few lucky ones, your premenstrual day is more likely to go something like this: missed deadline, emergency dental appointment, stubbing your big toe, being given the wrong change when you buy lunch, stubbing your other big toe and being yelled at by your boss. Thing is, while these annoying things can (and often do) happen on higher-estrogen days of your cycle, when estrogen is in a free-fall like it is today, it can make it feel like bad stuff is all you ever experience in your premenstrual Week 4. So, next time a negative moment rears its ugly, misshapen head, try to recall one positive moment that’s gone on in your day, say, someone gave you a compliment or brought you home-made cookies. It can go a long way toward making yet another premenstrual day more tolerable.
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