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: If you have an important decision to make, try to put it off till you reach the middle of Week 1 if you’re not already there. This is when rising estrogen and testosterone reach a level that speeds up your thinking, sharpens your recall and boosts your confidence—all key factors for helping make the choice that will make you happiest.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You have a lot to smile about today: Your hair is shinier and healthier-looking, your face is more symmetrical, which makes it more beautiful, and your smile is more radiant! Credit for the upgrade in your appearance goes to high estrogen, which, evolutionarily speaking, makes you prettier as a way to help you snag a mate in time for ovulation at the end of this week.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: How you experience today depends on where you are in your Week 3. That’s because there are two halves to Week 3: The first half is what I call “pre-PMS”, where plunging estrogen triggers PMS-like symptoms (irritability, insomnia, blue moods, etc.). During the second half, estrogen starts to rise again, which puts a stop to those PMS-like symptoms. Throughout the entire Week 3, progesterone is rising, which makes you a bit mellower and more careful about where you go, things you do and people you see, since it prompts you to be more cautious. If you don’t know exactly where you are in your Week 3—first half or second half—try to assess how you feel after something annoying happens, say, after you stub your toe, lose a scratch-off lottery ticket or drop your favorite mug on the floor. If you get quickly irked and can’t shake your anger, chances are you’re in the first half of your Week 3; if you’re annoyed, but can get over it, chances are you’re in the second half!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may take something someone says a little more personally or seriously today than the person intended. The problem is plunging estrogen, which makes you a bit more sensitive to what people say and makes you less likely to see the joke they were (vainly) trying to make.
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