Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: People may have annoyed you a few days ago during your premenstrual Week 4. But, once you’re past the crampy, achey part of this week, rising estrogen has you feeling more positive about your honey, family, friends, fellow students and coworkers. You may even have a complete change of heart about folks you were sure you kicked out of your life for good!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Careful! You’re more likely to overindulge in alcohol, food, cigarettes and anything else that gives you pleasure, but could be bad for you. The reason? As estrogen climbs, it gives your brain a bigger buzz from fun yet naughty stuff, so once you start partaking, it can be hard to stop.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’re less sure about making changes or starting something new, such as looking for a new job, switching majors, finding a different sweetheart, even messing with your usual travel route. The reason for your reticence is due to rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone, which bring down brain chemicals responsible for feelings of confidence. As a result, you may try to make do with what you have for now.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel like no outfit fits right, you’re bloating like a puffer fish and you just can’t win with your hair. Are you suddenly falling apart at the seams? No. You’re just experiencing a drop in self-esteem from plunging estrogen and testosterone, which make it soooo much easier to see your faults and way less easy to see your positive qualities. To feel better about yourself, first avoid department store dressing room mirrors like the plague (seriously, don’t stores realize how awful the lighting is in there?), then don an outfit and wear a hairstyle that you feel most comfortable in, which will make you less self-conscious about your appearance.