My HormonologyKara, a Hormonology newsletter subscriber, asks: “As the days get colder, I notice my skin is getting flaky. But, I also noticed it’s drier on some days than others. Could this be related to my monthly cycle?”

My answer:

It could! As estrogen descends in your premenstrual Week 4, it can reduce your body’s ability to produce moisture, resulting in drier skin, scratchy eyes and less lubrication when being intimate. Depending on your sensitivity to this plunging hormone and your body’s own personal makeup, you may notice a lot of dryness or just a little. But by being aware of this ahead of time, you can take steps to overcome it, for instance, by using a moisturizing lotion, eye drops and lubricating jelly.

Have a question of your own? For instance, how Hormonology works, which is the best week of your cycle to do an activity or how your hormones impact you in a certain way? Ask me! Send your question to gabrielle [at] It could end up in the next Hormonology post!

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