My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re going to probably take more time to pick out your clothes, accessories, hair and makeup today than you did during Week 4 of your cycle. That’s because rising estrogen is making you more aware of how other people see you, and it’s making it fun to dress up and coordinate a killer outfit.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Feelings get more intense today as rising estrogen and testosterone ratchet up your emotional thermometer. As a result, you may be tempted to squeal, clap or do a dance of joy when stumbling upon unbelievable sales, fun surprises and good news. Conversely, you may be tempted to scream, curse or wave a fist when irritated by a bad driver, annoying neighbor or bad news.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Stomach woes may plague you today as rising progesterone slows down digestion, which triggers constipation and prompts bloat. Baby your tummy by sticking to foods you know don’t cause you problems, which can be different for each person. For me, I stick to simple stuff, like eggs, chicken soup, bread and water. If you experience gas or nausea, try sipping peppermint tea, which relieves both. Brew it by steeping a teabag in hot, but not boiling, water for 10 minutes while covered to keep the helpful peppermint oils from evaporating.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Try to lower your expectations for others today. Most people simply don’t live up to your high standards, and while that’s irritating during any week of your cycle, you can feel more disappointed and angry when people let you down during Week 4 as estrogen plunges, taking mood-stabilizing serotonin with it. If you expect less from folks, then people who end up blowing off lunch dates, saying something bone-headed or aren’t grateful for things you do won’t affect your mood as much. And if they exceed your low expectations, then you’ll get an instant mood boost you didn’t expect. It’s a win-win!

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