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!
Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Folks who have problems should come to you today. Rising estrogen is making you confident you can fix just about anything, from a broken zipper to a busted love life. And, truth is, you really can since this hormone is sharpening your brain skills and making you think faster on your feet, helping you come up with more clever solutions to sticky issues.
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 could end up on Santa’s naughty list if you’re not careful. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are making you bold, daring and impulsive, a perfect combination for imbibing too much, pulling pranks or spilling the beans!
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 feel a tad guilty about all the cookies, pie, cake, chips, donuts and other goodies you treat yourself. On other weeks of your cycle, it’s a bit easier to summon the willpower to turn down high-calorie munchies and second, third and fourth servings. Not so on Week 3 when rising progesterone is amping up cravings and pushing you to consume more calories. The good news? This hormone is also prompting your body to burn up to 30% more fat when you exercise, so if you hit the gym, go for a long brisk walk or run up and down the stairs a lot, you could melt those extra helpings right off.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: You’re likely happiest when averting crowds, traffic, family members who were clearly put on this Earth just to annoy you and other irritations that were easier to overlook on other weeks of your cycle when plunging estrogen wasn’t making you so sensitive to them. While you don’t need to cocoon yourself in your bedroom till Week 1 arrives, you may want to stick to people and places that you know won’t work your last nerve, like the movies, a favorite restaurant or your best bud’s house.