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
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: Chances are, you’re going to be thinking more about romantic relationships today, for instance, the one you’re currently in, the one you’ve been pursuing or the one you wish you could pursue if you weren’t in the one you’re currently in. The reason for your desire for romance is rising estrogen, which pushes you to make a love connection (or pursue a new one) 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
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: Thanks to high estrogen and testosterone, you’re more prone to positive moods thanks to their ability to prompt a higher output of brain chemicals that make you feel more upbeat, confident and resilient. However (and isn’t there always a “however”?), this doesn’t mean you’re going to be all sweetness and light 24/7, doling out cupcakes and sprinkling glitter where ever you go. This just means you’re more likely to be happier than sad today. And when bad stuff does happen, sure, you’ll get irritable or blue, but thanks to high hormones, you’re more likely to rebound from it more quickly than you would during other weeks of your cycle.
Day 15 (or the day after ovulation) to Day 22
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: You’re probably going to notice that you’re making a few mistakes while speaking, can’t think of words you want to say and that you blank out on what you were doing every once in a while. The problem? Point the blame to rising progesterone (which is a hormone that puts a damper on verbal ability and short-term memory) and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone (hormones needed for mental agility). Luckily, the change in brain skills is usually minor…or at least not completely debilitating. And, good news, you can give your brain skills a temporary boost by simply drinking tea or coffee (the caffeine will help counter progesterone’s brain-fogging effects), eating a little dark chocolate (which is rich in natural compounds that send blood surging to the brain, making you more alert) and/or doing moderate to vigorous exercise, such as going for a brisk walk (which also sends blood surging to your brain).
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: When chatting with pals, try to avoid focusing the bulk of the conversation on problems, worries and regrets. As estrogen plunges, it can make you more prone to ruminating on negative stuff. Unfortunately, several studies reveal that venting to friends isn’t the stress-reducer you’d think it would be. That’s because researchers found that talking about what’s gone wrong triggers more negative emotions while talking about what’s going right lifts you out of a funk.
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