Need a way to melt away stress and worry? Invite pals over to chat, watch a movie, play a game, munch pizza or do any other activity that helps you bond. It’s not just fun—a University of Michigan study found that fostering an emotional connection with your girlfriends triggers a surge of progesterone, a hormone that soothes and relaxes you.
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Gabrielle Lichterman, a longtime women’s health journalist, is leading the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This is movement that began with her groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology.