Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen and testosterone rise this week and all next week, your urge to shop is amplified. As a result, when you go to Target, the supermarket or the mall for one item, you may end up coming home with a cart-full. If you’re on a budget, avoid getting a cart or even a basket, and limit yourself to only what you can carry. And, if you’re a competitive female weight lifter, bring along a much weaker pal and limit yourself to whatever she can haul.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: This is a week to experiment: Try new foods, change around the furniture, switch up the story idea for your screenplay, sign up for a dance class, say something you’d normally keep to yourself or approach nagging problems in a different way. High estrogen and testosterone are sharpening your brain skills—which has you thinking of more great ideas than usual—and they’re boosting feel-good hormones—so you have the confidence to make the change as well as the resilience to bounce back and try again if they don’t work out the first time!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Be prepared to make a few goofs today, for instance, putting your car keys in the fridge, calling up someone you meant to text or hitting “send” on an email before you were finished writing it. Rising progesterone is making you feel sleepy, which can put you on auto-pilot.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Here’s the thing about PMS symptoms: they don’t happen to every woman and they can vary in you from cycle to cycle depending on the foods you eat, stress and other things that affect your body’s chemistry. And, while I often focus on PMS moods and aches during Week 4, truth is, PMS is more like the punctuation in the sentence that is this week. That is to say, it pops up here and there, but it’s usually not a steady constant. So, what happens between the PMS symptoms? This week is mellow and low-key, but you’re probobaly not as sleepy as you were last week when sedating progestrone was on the rise. You may have difficulty remembering a few details or words, or lose your train of thought as brain-sharpening estrogen and testosterone plunge. And, your libido returns with a roar as your body prepares for menstruation, stimulating nerve endings down below.
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