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: Your Week 1 may start off slow as the combination of low estrogen and menstruation saps your pep. However, by the middle of this week, you’ll likely be piling more on your plate as estrogen rises and menstruation peters off, prompting a higher energy level. In fact, by the end of your Week 1, you may astound friends and family with the seemingly endless to-do list you’ve made for yourself!
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: It’s roll up your sleeves time. High estrogen and testosterone are pumping up your resolve and inner strength, making you feel like you can (and will) accomplish just about anything you set your mind to. This can-do spirit may spill over to other people as well, making you want to push friends, family and co-workers to do more. Unfortunately, they may not share your over-achieving frame of mind. And, if that’s the case, you may be happier refocusing all that cheerleading back on yourself and your own goals rather than waste it on those undeserving slackers.
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: It’s probably apparent by now that the high energy, super-sized libido, killer memory, sharp wit and buoyant optimism you enjoyed during the first half of your cycle has been replaced with fatigue, a low sex drive, mental fogginess and a more realistic outlook. Blame goes to lower levels of estrogen and testosterone coupled with rising progesterone. But fret not: The second half of your cycle has its benefits, too! That’s because it gives you a chance to sit back and reflect on past decisions and their outcomes, which helps you make sure you’re still on the right course; it prompts you to relax, which helps you recharge after all those high-hormone days of running around; and it slows you down, which gives you a chance to enjoy the subtler things in life, like your first sip of coffee or the warm rays of sunshine on your skin.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: Plunging estrogen turns you into less of a people-person today as it makes everyone’s most annoying characteristics far more prominent. As a result, you may be craving a little alone time to watch a movie, read a book, eat your lunch, practice guitar, exercise or just do some work without being interrupted. And you may wonder (aloud and loudly) why some people simply can’t respect your need for space.