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: During the first half of this week when rising estrogen is low, you may feel like staying close to home, sticking to favorite foods, TV shows and friends and not experimenting with anything new. However, if this is the second half of your Week 1, you’ll notice a definite change of heart as higher levels of estrogen make you more social, daring and interested in new experiences.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You could feel like luck is on your side today as high estrogen and testosterone pump up brain chemicals that make you feel super-optimistic. As a result, you’re likely to take chances you might otherwise not during other weeks of your cycle, for instance, you may buy a lottery ticket, ask your boss for a raise or invite someone out on a date!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Pondering progesterone may make you wonder if the dreams and hopes you’ve had for weeks, months or years will ever come to fruition. As this hormone rises and optimism-boosting estrogen falls this week, you’re more reflective and doubtful. Avoid letting this launch a downward spiral where you convince yourself the project you’ve been working toward won’t ever succeed and instead use this reality-check phase to do research to see if there are better ways of going about getting what you want.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: If you feel the urge to cry over relationship problems, work stress or even a TV commercial, don’t beat yourself up over it. It’s just descending estrogen that’s triggering the waterworks. As this hormone plunges, it depletes your brain of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, which makes you more apt to tear up. The good news? Studies show that crying releases stress and boosts mood, making this an ingenious and easy way for your brain to balance out your emotions.
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