My HormonologyWhich week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll be asking more questions, clicking more links and reading more articles past their headline today as rising estrogen makes you more curious about the world around you.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Have a project that’s been stalled—for instance, launching a new business or blog, jump-starting a job hunt, looking for love or learning to play the guitar? This is the one week of your cycle that you get an added oomph to make it happen thanks to high estrogen and testosterone, which amp up your energy, brain skills and optimism. If you wait till Week 3 to get to these important projects, falling estrogen and testosterone coupled with sedating progesterone may make flagging feelings re-emerge and dampen your spirit. So grab the high-hormone energy of this week while you can and take that first step toward attaining your goal!

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: This week of your cycle you move from extrovert to introvert courtesy of rising progesterone, which is slowing you down, quieting your chatter and making you wish something good was on TV and yummy in the fridge.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Last night as I tossed and turned in bed, I was reminded of all the ways a premenstrual gal develops near super-human senses that keep her up at night, for instance, the ability to see a streetlamp shining through a closed window shade, feel the tiniest wrinkle in a bedsheet, smell a stinky sweatsock from behind the laundry room door and hear a cat whisker drop from 1000 yards away. Sometimes during Week 4, it seems like the whole world is conspiring against you to get some zzzz’s. The solution? Acknowledge your premenstrual ultra-sensitivity to light, touch, smell and sound, then make sure to do everything you can to ensure the room is completely dark (research shows that even light from a digital clock can wake you up), be more comfortable by wearing pjs that don’t pinch and putting your softest sheets on the bed, banishing bad odors by airing out your bedroom and  getting earplugs to escape the noise of snoring mates and nocturnal pets!

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