Skip scary movies in the first half of Week 3!

/Skip scary movies in the first half of Week 3!

Skip scary movies in the first half of Week 3!

My HormonologyNext time you’re planning to do something frightening (say, seeing a thriller or visiting a haunted house), try to avoid doing it during the first half of your Week 3, which is about 16 to 20 days after the onset of your period.

According to a study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, the combination of plunging estrogen and rising progesterone creates brain changes that make stressful experiences more traumatizing, prompting a three-fold increase in unwanted “intrusive thoughts”—memories of the stressful event you just had or ones you encountered in the past.

Want to know the best time of your cycle to see a fright-film? Aim to do it in your Week 2. That’s when high estrogen and testosterone ratchet up your enjoyment of scary experiences by boosting your desire for surprises and spine-tingling thrills!

By | 2018-08-12T17:04:27+00:00 May 25th, 2013|hormonology tip|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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