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: Throughout your life, a lot of people will try to convince you that your Week 1, which is when your period starts, is the worst week ever. Truth? It’s totally awesome. Want proof? A few hours after your period starts, estrogen and testosterone start to rise. First off, this means an end to PMS moodiness, irritability and other annoying premenstrual symptoms. (Yay!) What’s more, the higher these two hormones climb over this week, the better things get for you: Your mood lifts, your memory sharpens, you’re more eloquent as you speak, you shed water weight, you’re more confident and, once you get halfway through this week, you’re more energetic. So, why does your period week get such a bum rap? Blame goes to painful cramps, which can sour your mood, plus fatigue that comes from still-low hormones combined with your body losing energizing iron during bleeding. Luckily, once you relieve the cramps with a pain pill, heat patch or chamomile tea and restore your pep by eating iron-rich foods (like beans and spinach) or taking a supplement, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits that come with glorious Week 1!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: If you thought Week 1 was awesome, you are just gonna love Week 2! All those rising hormone hit their peaks this week, giving you the potential to have the best mood, energy, sex and fun all cycle long! There is one caveat, however: High estrogen can intensify and prolong a stress response so something like, say, a test or job interview, which can trigger a stomach-churning, sweat-inducing stress-out. One way to deal with it: Try to stay positive and turn the stress into confidence-pumping excitement (for instance, by cheerleading yourself with uplifting self-talk, as in, “I’ll ace the test!” or “I’m perfect for the job—they’ll love me!”) that spurs you on to do even better!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’re not in the mood to initiate conversation or handle small talk today. It’s not that you’ve gone completely mum. If you or someone else brings up a topic you love, you can go on about it for hours. But, rising progesterone is a mellowing hormone that makes more mundane topics, like the weather and holiday shopping, feel far too boring to waste precious time talking about.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may be in a money-saving mindset today as plunging estrogen and testosterone make you insecure about your finances. As a result, you may clip coupons, look for deals, resist the lure of impulse buys or consider ways to bring in more income.
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