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
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: Once you’re past the achy, tiring part of your period, you’re likely getting the urge to move more and so may want to head out for a walk, go dancing or pick up where you left off with a stalled exercise routine. Credit for your boost in mobility goes to rising estrogen, which ratchets up your physical energy and motivation 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: You may be in the kind of silly mood where you want to joke with others or play pranks. Just keep in mind that what you find hysterically funny today thanks to your high estrogen may be less funny to lower-hormoned women or guys lacking a sense of humor.
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: Careful of sitting in comfy-cozy chairs, switching the TV channel to one where a favorite movie happens to be on or starting anything else that can prompt the kind of laziness that makes a sloth look ambitious. Sedating progesterone is prompting the urge to mellow out–and it doesn’t take a lot for you to buckle under and give in to its relaxing effects.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: You may feel your intuition is getting sharper and that you’re getting more hunches throughout the day, for instance, about people’s intentions, a better route to take to your destination or whether it’s the right time to make a certain purchase. And you’d be wise to trust those gut feelings! That’s because your intuition really is more on target today. Why? Follow me as I explain: As estrogen falls, it brings down feel-good brain chemicals, resulting in a dour or even blue mood. Or at least a mood that’s not nearly as happy-go-lucky as it was when you were in your high estrogen Week 2. And that’s key since recent research shows that down moods actually prompt you to notice more details about the world around you, even if you don’t consciously realize it, for example, picking up on subtle body language or hearing a radio traffic report in the background. As a result, that extra information bubbling up from your brain (which you take as a hunch) can, indeed, help you make a better choice.