My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may come down with a serious case of cabin fever this week as rising estrogen and testosterone make you more easily bored and are practically pushing you out the door to go hunt down some adventure.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Careful out there, Week 2 gal! Your high estrogen and testosterone are making you throw caution to the wind, which can mean speeding as you drive, biking through traffic, telling off your boss or getting married to someone you just met!

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Your energy slumps today due to rising progesterone, a hormone with sedating effects. Want an easy way to stay alert all day? Drink less caffeine! You read right—less! Harvard University scientists say that sipping a little caffeinated tea or coffee throughout the day keeps you more alert and energized than downing an oversized mug-full in one gulp. According to their research, small amounts of caffeine spaced out over several hours works better at countering the buildup of adenosine, a brain chemical that causes drowsiness as the day goes on.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Keep a bottle of personal lubricant on your nightstand today. A plunge in estrogen makes it harder for your body to produce its own lubrication during sex. And sex is definitely on your mind today as nerve endings down below get stimulated as your body prepares for menstruation in Week 1.

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