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: As your Week 1 goes on, you’ll likely notice you have more flashes of creative insight and come up with more interesting ideas. Researchers say you can thank rising estrogen for the boost in brainstorming skills. As the level of this hormone climbs, it helps your brain work harder and makes you less likely to second-guess 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: You may appoint yourself the unofficial guide this weekend, for instance, you may lead a group of friends on a shopping expedition, plan a day of fun or literally guide someone through a nature preserve, winding museum or other type of path. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone make you feel more confident and capable, so you’re quicker to take charge than in 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 get extra pleasure out of buying someone a gift, making someone a craft or whipping up your favorite recipe and doling it out to folks. Credit for your conscientiousness goes to rising progesterone, which makes you enjoy taking care of others.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: This may be one of those weekends when you wish you could hang a sign around your neck that says, “Don’t poke the premenstrual bear.” That’s because when people cut in front of you in line, talk your ear off about nothing in particular when you’re on a deadline or do other dunderheaded stuff, it’s likely going to tick you off more in this week of your cycle than in others due to plunging estrogen, which gives you a shorter fuse. Since most folks won’t know right off the bat that you’re short on patience today, you may want to have relaxation-boosters ready to use in case, I mean when, someone irritates you. Two that I like to use include humming a favorite Christmas tune to myself and remembering something nice someone did for me. Sometimes, it takes three or four songs or five or six nice remembrances to cool off, but it’s still better than getting escorted out by a store manager or risking jail-time.