My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Keep your eye on the clock around 8 a.m. today and every day of Week 1 and Week 2. A recent study shows you’ll feel like you have more time than you really do during this phase of the day, which can end up making you late to work, school or important events. Blame goes to monthly hormones, which make your body clock run slower at certain times of your cycle.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High estrogen and testosterone are boosting your confidence, so you may find yourself standing up straighter, wearing bolder clothes, trying a new hairstyle, asking for favors, raising your hand in class or proposing an idea to the boss.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: With rising progesterone bringing out your nurturing side, you may end up feeling a bit guilty about not spending enough time with those who crave your affection and attention, like your mate, kids, friends or pets. As a result, you may carve out an extra 10 minutes, half hour, even a whole day, to spend quality time with your special someones.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Okay, there’s no denying that you may be on a moody merry-do-round today as estrogen plunges, taking your mood-stabilizing serotonin down with it. However, it’s worth noting that when you get into a funk, crying jag or temper flare, it’s not permanent. Your body’s moody reaction to its hormonal plunge should only last a few minutes. So, if you can take a few deep breaths and wait it out, you’ll be back to your calm, serene self shortly.

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