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: Watch your wallet: In the first half of your Week 1, you’re prone to filling your shopping basket with items that help you overcome or forget about period-related aches and pains, such as gourmet snacks and DVDs. By the second half of your Week 1, rising hormones make you more impulsive, which puts you in the perfect position to take advantage of all the many, many, many impulse buys that stores have wisely set up for you at every corner, such as lip gloss, magazines and doo-dads you’ve never seen before or know what to do with, but suddenly seem irresistible.
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’ll likely feel as though you can push your mind and body to the limit this weekend, for instance, pulling an all-nighter for work or school, adding a grueling new exercise routine to your regular workout regimen or partying like you did in Freshman year. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone in Week 2 amp up your energy, endurance and ability to withstand mental and physical strain to cycle-long highs.
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: Unlike Week 2 gals, your mind and body aren’t as jazzed about being pushed the limit. In fact, they’d much prefer you take a cat nap on the sofa whenever possible. That’s because rising progesterone coupled with lower levels of estrogen and testosterone are taking away the oomph you had from last week and replacing it with fatigue and, depending on your sensitivity to this hormonal combination, aches, pains, constipation, bloating and mid-cycle headaches. Push yourself to the limit like you did last week and you could end up practically catatonic or running for the Tylenol.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
This weekend’s Hormone Horoscope: As estrogen plunges in your premenstrual Week 4, it can fog up your memory a bit, making it more difficult to retain new facts, names or figures you need to have down pat for, say, a job interview or presentation. Luckily, a recent study in the journal PLOS ONE reveals an easy technique that makes recall easier: Make a tight fist with your right hand when learning new information. Then make a tight fist with your left hand when you need to recollect it. As the researchers explain, right and left fist clenching activates different areas of the brain responsible for storing new memories and retrieving them later.