02 Sep The two times intuition peaks in your menstrual cycle
You may notice your intuition is stronger at certain times in your menstrual cycle. As a result, you’re getting more hunches and going with your “gut” when making decisions.
Well, your hormones can play a role in how strong your intuition is–and also what you’re more intuitive about. Here’s what you can generally expect:
Week leading up to and including ovulation
You may feel strong intuitive messages telling you what people are *really* feeling–despite what they say. This is due to high-and-rising estrogen. Research shows that when this hormone spikes, it makes you better at reading people’s facial expressions, which reveals their true thoughts. For example, a job interviewer may be smiling as you talk about your experience, but through her facial expressions, you can tell she’s getting bored. This is your hunch. So, you can use this to change the conversation and say things that would get her more excited about you. Researchers theorize that spiking estrogen makes you better at reading facial expressions more accurately on these cycle days as a way to help you socialize so you can find and connect with a mate in time for ovulation.
The six days of your cycle before your period
You may feel stronger intuitive messages warning you of danger in your environment (such as a car veering into your path), someone lying to you or hiding an agenda (such as a salesperson trying to push a product on you) or that something else isn’t trustworthy. This is a result of plunging estrogen. As this hormone descends, it creates changes in the brain (such as a drop in serotonin) that make you wary and more cautious. You’re also more in touch with your emotions on these cycle days, so fear, anxiety and other emotions that ring your inner “warning bell” can be more pronounced. This wariness is good for times when you need extra caution, for example, when looking to buy a car; you’ll be on higher alert for inflated or bogus claims.
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