Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: It’ll be hard to resist thinking about (and possibly making a move on) your secret crush today. Rising testosterone is amping up your sex drive and making you far bolder about flirting.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen and testosterone reach cycle-long highs, they boost your mood and optimism. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll never get aggravated or experience a down mood today. But, when you do, these high hormones will make you more resilient than you are during other weeks of your cycle so you bounce back more quickly and resume enjoying good feeling again.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Constipation and bloating are going to bug you today as rising progesterone slows down digestion. To keep your digestive system humming along, try popping 250 mg. of magnesium per day; this mighty mineral is a natural laxative that works without uncomfortable cramping. Not a supplement fan? Try nibbling a handful of pumpkin seeds, which are a good source of magnesium.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You’re less inclined to try unfamiliar things today, like a different restaurant or a new driving route. Why? As estrogen and testosterone fall, they lower brain chemicals responsible for making you feel confident and impulsive, so you’re more comfortable with the tried-and-true.