Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Think hormones make you cranky during your period? Not so! Truth is, estrogen and testosterone start to rise on Day 1 of your cycle (the first day of your period), and these two hormones amp up mood, energy, optimism and other feel-good emotions. So, why the bum rap about cranky periods? Point the blame squarely at menstrual cramps and iron loss during menstruation that triggers fatigue. Knock out those two annoyances (banish cramps with an NSAID like Advil, a heat patch and chamomile tea; revive energy with iron-rich foods), and you will be enjoying the uplifting feelings rising estrogen and testosterone have in store!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may find yourself thanking someone profusely for a relatively small or routine favor, such as giving you free extra whipped cream on your frappuccino, bagging your groceries for you or picking up a pen you dropped. Why? High estrogen is boosting feel-good chemicals in your brain, which amplifyies your positive response to nice deeds.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely have more sympathy for others today, for instance, a glum pal who’s having a tough time or a coworker who thinks she’s losing her job. Your rising progesterone is bringing out your nurturing instincts, making you likely to focus more on other people’s emotional needs than you did during the first two weeks of your cycle.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Your sex drive gets a boost today and orgasms are more intense. But it’s not thanks to the libido-enhancing hormone testosterone, which is on the downswing and so should be lowering your sexual interest! Instead, researchers believe that nerve endings down below are getting stimulated as your body prepares for menstruation. Consider it a parting gift from your body as you leave another cycle behind. Just one word of caution: Plunging estrogen is making it harder for your body to produce moisture during sex, so a bottle of personal lubrication may be needed to avoid uncomfortable chafing.
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