My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1

First day of period to Day 7

Today’s hormonescope: You’re more willing to drop a grudge you’d been holding onto against a friend, restaurant, store, coworker or someone else who irritated you. Folks who wronged you can thank estrogen for the free pass. As this hormone rises, it makes you more optimistic that things can turn out better than the last time, making you open to giving them a second chance.

Week 2

Day 8 to Day 13

Today’s hormonescope: You’re gonna be doing things a bit faster today, such as talking, walking, dancing and typing. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are speeding up practically everything you do. This energy surge may also trigger a rise in nervous habits, including nail biting, hair twirling and fidgeting. It probably goes without saying that you can expect this revved-up effect to practically double whenever you down your favorite caffeine infusion.

Week 3

Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22

Today’s hormonescope: Intense feelings you have for a secret crush may have suddenly cooled today. What went wrong with the person who once made your heart go pitter-patter? Well, chances are, nothing changed with the object of your affection. Rather, rising progesterone and lower levels of testosterone are putting the kibosh on your sex drive, so hooking up isn’t on the top of your to-do list. Plus, lower levels of estrogen are making you see the faults in your sweetie that high estrogen had you overlooking during the first half of your cycle, making your crush seem a bit less perfect than you remember.

Week 4

Day 23 to the end of cycle

Today’s hormonescope: You may feel a tad clumsy today—for instance, bumping into walls, missing door handles or tripping over your own feet. The reason? Plunging estrogen and testosterone are making you less coordinated and able to navigate the space around you.

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