Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: If you don’t have weekend plans made yet, you may want to take time today to check out a local events calendar, call buds to see what they’re up to or send out evites for a party at your place. Rising estrogen and testosterone are going to have you wanting to have some serious fun on Saturday and Sunday. And, if you don’t have any plans in mind, you could end up doing the same old same old, or worse, nothing at all.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Get the weekend fun started early by getting bold in the bedroom! High testosterone is ramping up your libido, making you want to break out of boring ruts and boosting your confidence. This makes it a perfect time to experiment with new techniques or toys and/or to ask your partner to do that thing you’ve been dying to try!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Rising progesterone may make you more concerned with how other people see your home or living space, prompting you to put away piles of laundry, clean the dishes in the sink and give your home the “sniff test” to determine if there are any lingering odors. If bad smells are your problem, try this easy and quick trick from mrsfixit.com: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lemon, orange or jasmine), which you can get at health food stores, to a few teaspoons of uncooked rice in a plastic baggie. Shake it around so all the rice gets covered. Place the rice in a square of cheesecloth (find it in the bakery aisle of your supermarket) and tie with a decorative ribbon. Place it in any stinky spots (far away from pets and kids) and they’ll smell wonderful in minutes!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: I’m not recommending that you put your head in the sand, but you may want to avoid exposing yourself to too much news on the TV, radio and in print today. As estrogen and testosterone plunge, you’re more emotionally sensitive, making you more likely to get super-sad or really angry about current events, politics and personal interest stories.