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: As your Week 1 goes on, you may feel like taking a second stab at a project or relationship you set aside. For instance, you may relaunch a job hunt or call a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile and ask her out to lunch. Why? As estrogen rises, it makes you more optimistic about the outcome and less likely to dwell on the problems and more likely to focus on the benefits of seeing things through.
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 may be tempted to cut corners on a project, speed through instructions or fly through a task. That’s high estrogen and testosterone’s influence. These peaking hormones are amping up your energy and impulsiveness to cycle-long highs, which makes you want to race through life a bit faster. Just be careful, Week 2 gal: Some things are worth slowing yourself down to do, such as dicing onions with a big, sharp knife, reading details of a contract you’re about to sign and carefully listening to sky-diving instructions before jumping out of a plane.
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 surprise yourself by welling up with tears today, for instance, after hearing a sad news story, watching a touching commercial that tugs at your heartstrings or because of nothing all. Why all the blubbering? Blame goes to progesterone. As the level of this hormone climbs, it can trigger the blues or weepiness, prompting a crying spell.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: At some point today, you may be thinking to yourself, “Can everyone just give me a break, PLEASE?” That’s because the constant stream of small annoyances, demands and problems that you could deal with like a multi-tasking ninja in earlier weeks of your cycle become more draining, overwhelming and irritating in your premenstrual Week 4 as plunging estrogen saps your energy and patience. Since the annoyances, demands and problems probably won’t stop coming today, my advice is to take some time alone far, far away from people, phones and email where no one can bother you, for instance, head to a park, lunch by yourself or enjoy a movie. Just a little bit of solo-time can help rejuvenate you, giving you the mental and physical oomph you need to go back to your regular life and deal with everything that gets thrown at you like a multi-tasking ninja once again.
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