My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: During the first half of this week when rising estrogen is low, you may feel like staying close to home, sticking to favorite foods, TV shows and friends and not experimenting with anything new. However, if this is the second half of your Week 1 (which would be four, five, six or seven days after the start of your period), you’ll notice a definite change of heart as higher levels of estrogen make you more social, daring and interested in new experiences.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may surprise friends, family, even yourself with your ability to rebound from a setback today, for instance, from getting a traffic ticket, finding out your co-worker snagged the promotion you wanted or being saddled with a hangover. You can thank high estrogen and testosterone for the extra resilience. These soaring hormones boost feel-good brain chemicals, which make it easier to overcome a loss and see the silver lining in dark clouds, and reduce discomfort, so aches and illness don’t totally sideline you like they would during other weeks of your cycle.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Pondering progesterone may make you wonder if the dreams and hopes you’ve had for weeks, months or years will ever come to fruition. As this hormone rises and optimism-boosting estrogen falls this week, you’re more reflective and doubtful. Avoid letting this launch a downward spiral where you convince yourself the project you’ve been working toward won’t ever succeed and instead use this reality-check phase to do research to see if there are better ways of going about getting what you want.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Thanks to plunging estrogen, which takes the shine off of brain skills and lowers your patience, you may be less accurate with details today, for instance, you may make a lot more spelling mistakes when texting (prompting a slew of annoying albeit unintentionally hilarious autocorrects), miss a few strands (or outright clumps) of hair when putting your tresses up in a clip or forget someone’s name and just call them “Hey you” all day.

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