Think someone looks sad? Must be Week 3!

/Think someone looks sad? Must be Week 3!

Think someone looks sad? Must be Week 3!

My HormonologyEver ask a co-worker, friend or other person if something was wrong because she looked sad or angry–even after she insisted she was perfectly fine?

Chances are, you were simply in your Week 3 (which starts right after ovulation in the middle of your cycle).

That’s when you’re more likely to perceive neutral facial expressions as negative, according to a study in the journal Hormones and Behavior.

As the researchers explain, rising progesterone during this week puts you on higher alert for potential problems to watch out for in case you got pregnant during ovulation and need to be more careful. As a result, you’re scrutinizing the world–and all the people in it–with a more critical, wary eye.

So, someone who looks distressed to you may actually be concentrating hard at work, figuring out a problem in their head or merely daydreaming!


By | 2018-08-12T16:06:16+00:00 September 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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