My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Friends will be impressed with your flexibility today. Rising estrogen is making you more resilient when plans suddenly change and more likely to jump on unexpected opportunities.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re going to want to turn up the dial a notch today—you’ll want the music you’re listening to to be louder, the incense you’re burning to be more fragrant, the food you’re eating to be more flavorful, the party you’re attending to be more crowded and the holiday lights to be flickerier. That’s because high estrogen and testosterone are making you enjoy intense experiences more than any other week of your cycle. 

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may be thinking about safety issues today as lower levels of estrogen make you feel less secure and rising progesterone highlights your health and home. As a result, you may be more likely to take action when you read health articles or watch safety news segments, for instance, you may get a radon test (sosradon.org, $15) for your home (this lung cancer-causing gas is estimated to be lurking in approximately 1 in 15 homes around the world), wrap your mattress and pillow in allergen-proof covers to cut down on dust mites or get a water filter to remove impurities from your tap!

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Unlike Week 2 gals, you’ll likely want to turn down the dial a notch—you’ll want the radio station you’re listening to to be quieter, the scent of the candle you’re burning to be milder, the food you’re eating to be less spicy, the party you’re attending to be less crowded and to pull the plug on those damned million flickering holiday lights adorning your neighbor’s house. That’s because plunging estrogen and testosterone are making you more sensitive to sound, smells, taste, touch and light, which has preferring less intense experiences. 

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