Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: A secret crush is on your mind today as rising testosterone sets your libido on fire and rising estrogen ups your desire to connect with a someone special!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re thinking faster on your feet, remembering words you last used on your SAT test and solutions just seem to come to you more easily. Credit for the boost in brain power goes to rising estrogen, which sharpens memory and thinking skills as it climbs!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Week 3 can be a pretty tricky week mood-wise: If it’s the first half of your Week 3, you may feel cranky and blue due to what I call “pre-PMS”, a phase where estrogen and testosterone dip for the first of two times in your monthly cycle, triggering symptoms similar to regular PMS, only shorter and less intense. (By Week 4, estrogen and testosterone dip for the second time in your cycle, triggering true PMS.) If it’s the second half of your Week 3, estrogen and testosterone rise along with progesterone, making you feel mellow and calm. Unless you’re sensitive to progesterone, in which case you may feel a bit weepy. But, the irritation should be gone, so that’s something to enjoy!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Trust hunches you get—those gut feelings will be more on target today. The reason? Research shows that, whether you realize it or not, as estrogen plunges, it makes you pick up on more details around you. So, when you get a feeling about making a certain decision, it’s really your subconscious putting all those details together, helping you choose the best path!
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