What you crave most each week of your cycle

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What you crave most each week of your cycle

BY GABRIELLE LICHTERMAN

 

  • Hormonology Guide: What you crave most varies throughout your menstrual cycle as your hormones rise and fall.

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AUGUST 9, 2021What you crave most changes throughout your menstrual cycle due to the ups and downs of your hormones. Here’s what you can generally expect…

Day 4 through ovulation (Day 14 in a 28-day cycle)

Just a few days after your period starts, your libido climbs and continues ratcheting higher and higher the closer you get to ovulation. That’s a result of rising estrogen as well as a slight bump in testosterone during ovulation. An added plus: These hormones also intensify orgasms, making you want to set aside more time to enjoy a climax alone or with a partner. What you’re also hankering for as these hormones rise: excitement and variety. You’re happiest when you’re doing activities that get your adrenaline pumping and you’ve got a wide selection of choices, for example, when shopping, dating, eating or picking one of those heart-pumping activities to do!

Day after ovulation (Day 15 in a 28-day cycle) through the day before your period (Day 28 in a 28-day cycle

Your desire for sex sinks as you experience two drops in estrogen paired with elevated progesterone. This hormone combo replaces your craving for climaxes with a yen for favorite homey meals, snacks and treats. That’s because they’re increasing your appetite and making fatty, salty, sweet and carb-rich foods more irresistible. What you’re also craving: Comfort and predictability, which means you may become a bit of a homebody or stick to familiar haunts that you’re certain make you feel good, such as a beloved coffee shop or bookstore.

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