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 weightlifter, bring along a much weaker pal and limit yourself to whatever she can haul.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Week 2 talkativeness reminds me of a woman I knew in college who had no filters—she would say anything that came into her head. This included brutally honest opinions and jokes that, while funny, pushed the envelope of politeness. I bring this up because during Week 2, high estrogen and testosterone are loosening your lips and making you more likely to say (or post) things on the fly that other folks might find a tad offensive.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: It was probably hard to stick to a budget during the first two weeks of your cycle as rising estrogen and testosterone made you more impulsive. However, as these two hormones reach lower levels and the yellow caution flag of progesterone rises, you’re all about watching your dollars. As a result, you may avoid keeping cash in your wallet so you don’t spend it, scour the circulars for sales or think of ways to have fun at home that don’t cost a dime.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Last night as I tossed and turned in bed, I was reminded of all the ways a premenstrual gal develops near super-human senses that keep her up at night, for instance, the ability to see a streetlamp shining through a closed window shade, feel the tiniest wrinkle in a bedsheet, smell a stinky sweatsock from behind the laundry room door and hear a cat whisker drop from 1000 yards away. Sometimes during Week 4 it seems like the whole world is conspiring against you to get some zzzz’s. The solution? Acknowledge your premenstrual ultra-sensitivity to light, touch, smell and sound, then make sure to do everything you can to ensure the room is completely dark (research shows that even light from a digital clock can wake you up), be more comfortable by wearing pjs that don’t pinch and putting your softest sheets on the bed, banishing bad odors by airing out your bedroom and getting earplugs to escape the noise of snoring mates and nocturnal pets.
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