My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Keep your eye on your purse today. Rising testosterone is making you more impulsive about spending, which can lead to you putting a new lipstick, magazine, nail polish and other non-essential items in your cart. And if you come across a killer sale, you have even more reason to worry about your wallet. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that unexpected sales make you spend more than you intended, specifically in the store offering the sale! Turns out, you end up doing “sale math” (you know, where you feel like you earned the money you saved, so you now have that “extra money” to spend), plus you get such good feelings about the store offering the discount, you opt to spend more there as a thank you!

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Ugh, Monday! Getting back to the grind is hardest on a Week 2 gal. High estrogen and testosterone make a hum-drum routine sooo agonizing. You almost wish your day could be interrupted with a water main break that forces you to take a traffic detour that leads you to a new part of town, an emergency call from a friend who needs you to drop everything and come over right away or a neighbor to stop by with a baking pan she borrowed just to break up the boring monotony!

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Your Facebook, cell phone and Twitter account all get a breather today as rising progesterone slows you down and makes you less motivated to post, text or tweet. This hormone also makes you an excellent sounding board for chatty folks who happen upon you since it’s got you feeling a bit on the quiet side, allowing them ample time to get in every minute detail of their story. And, if you’re not enjoying whatever they’re prattling on about, chances are they’ll never know since your stony progesterone face will help you conceal your irritation.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen plunges, it can make you doubt yourself and abilities, and make you focus more on nagging issues. As a result, you may pick up a self-help book, sign up for a fitness class, try out a new hairstyle, ask friends for fashion advice, consider starting a new job search or think of other ways to improve yourself or your circumstances today.

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