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: You’re likely to go with whatever whim you get today, whether it be playing hooky and going to an amusement park, signing up to a new gym or deciding to plan a big party for no good reason at all. Why? Rising estrogen is bringing out your fun and silly side and amping up your energy, and rising testosterone is making you more impulsive, making you more likely to act on any fun and silly ideas you have!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: It’s all about the hook-up today. You want to get physically close to your current significant other and/or find someone new. It doesn’t really matter. As long as you get some lip action, you’ll be happy. Blame for your lusty ways goes to high testosterone, which ratchets up your libido to cycle-long highs, making everything else seem unimportant by comparison.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Careful of cushiony easy chairs, warm, snuggly beds and the cuddly arms of your special someone. All will be harder to pull yourself out of today as rising progesterone slows you down, tires you out and makes you enjoy a comforting feeling.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: During this premenstrual week, it may be harder to keep your cool in stress-filled situations—for instance, when stuck in traffic, battling store crowds during a big sale or dealing with a difficult co-worker—as plunging estrogen lowers your brain’s level of mood-regulating serotonin. Now the good news: Researchers just discovered a surprising way to avoid blowing your top—sip lemonade, sweet tea, a slushie, cola or another beverage that contains sugar a few minutes before you know a tense event will happen. In a new study, volunteers who drank a sugary beverage before being deliberately provoked by experimenters remained calmer than those who drank a beverage containing an artificial sweetener, reports the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Turns out, sugar strengthens areas of the brain that curb impulsive behavior so you’re less likely to lose your temper.
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