Odd, but true: You wash your hands more during a certain week of your cycle

/Odd, but true: You wash your hands more during a certain week of your cycle

Odd, but true: You wash your hands more during a certain week of your cycle

My HormonologyI’m big into nixing germs. It may be because I manage to pick up every virus that goes around. Or because I read a frightening amount of research about germs for health articles I write for magazines. Or because I’ve been privileged to interview noted microbiologist Chuck Gerba, who has the uncanny ability to make you laugh while simultaneously filling you with terror about his latest germ studies.

However, while I may go overboard on hand-washing and have antibacterial gel stashed in every nook and cranny of my house, purse and car, I’m not the only one dodging germs.

Whether or not you realize it, once Week 3 rolls around (which is right after ovulation in the middle of your cycle), you, too, are more likely to regularly wash your hands, use antibacterial gel, grab a paper towel to open a public bathroom door, avoid folks who are coughing and sneezing or do other things to protect yourself from catching an illness, according to a 2011 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior.

Why all the extra precautions during this particular week of your cycle? Rising progesterone, researchers say. This hormone prompts you to be more careful about your health in case you got pregnant during ovulation at the end of Week 2 and you need protection for two.

If you happen to need an extra bottle of antibacterial gel during your Week 3, hit me up. I’ve got PLENTY.

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By | 2017-04-22T08:52:44+00:00 June 7th, 2014|health, hormonology tip, Week 3|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered 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 movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle's groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools--including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips--to share vital information about hormones.

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