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 Week 1 goes on, you’ll probably find it easier to shrug off minor irritations, like a snoring sweetheart, lazy coworker or loud neighbor. Credit for your increased patience goes to rising estrogen, which pumps up your mood more and more as it climbs.
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 downplay a health issue–like back pain, a new weird-looking mole or a toothache–because high estrogen is boosting your optimism, making you think (or hope) the problem will resolve itself on its own. Rather than let the health problem grow, call a health care provider today to get it checked out. That way, you can avoid the panic that will no doubt ensue when your premenstrual Week 4 arrives and the negativity from plunging estrogen has you convinced that this health issue is so big, it could mean disaster.
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 have a sudden urge to clean, tidy, organize, do laundry or clear away piles of stuff that have seemingly grown on their own around your home like wild mushrooms. That’s progesterone’s influence. As the level of this hormone climbs higher and higher throughout your Week 3, it prompts a “nesting” instinct, inspiring you to make your home a cleaner and more comfortable place to be.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Expect good sleep to be more difficult to come by on your premenstrual nights. The problem is that plunging estrogen is robbing your brain of sleep-regulating serotonin, making it harder to drift off and stay asleep. On top of that, this downward-spiraling hormone is making you more easily awakened by noises, smells or any other sleep-interrupters. To up your odds of getting better sleep despite your hormonal challenges, focus on ways to induce relaxation prior to bedtime, such as dimming the lights, doing calming meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises, sipping chamomile tea or listening to soothing music. Research shows that the more relaxed you are prior to turning in, the easier it is to fall asleep, stay asleep and reach the deeper stages of sleep that make you feel well-rested.
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