Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may take the time to notice the first signs of autumn, such as a cool breeze, the first fallen leaves or other bits of fall beauty today as rising estrogen sparks a rise in feel-good brain chemicals that inspire you to take a greater interest in natural wonders.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: A secret crush is on your mind (or in your dreams) today as rising testosterone revs up your libido and your desire to connect with others. Very, very sexy others.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll be hungry more frequently today thanks to rising progesterone, which wants you to eat, eat, eat in case your egg got fertilized during ovulation and you now have another mouth to feed. If you’re worried about your waistline, but want to avoid the hunger grumpies that come from ignoring stomach pangs, simply switch from three big meals to four or five smaller ones spaced throughout the day. You’ll quiet tummy growls without adding any more calories to your daily diet.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Week 1 and Week 2 was full of energy and motivation. This week? Not so much. As estrogen and testosterone plunge, they bring down pep and momentum, making it harder to find the inspiration to work, clean or study. You will, however, be able to shop, eat ice cream and watch TV with the greatest of ease.