My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may be a little bit more touchy-feely today as rising estrogen ups your urge to connect with others and menstrual cramps trigger the production of oxytocin, a hormone that makes you trust others and bond more easily with them. As a result, you may touch others on the arm or back as you talk with them, deliver more hugs to your sweetie or cuddle your pets till they cry “Uncle!”

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Do your homework, Week 2 gal—you are more likely to make a purchase, pick a paramour, accept an offer and say “yes” to an invite on the spur of the moment due to high estrogen and testosterone, which make you more impulsive than any other week of your cycle. While acting on a whim is fun, you’ll avoid regrets when you to look around for a lower price, look for the fine print, read reviews and do a background check.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ve got the opportunity to gain some serious ground on a project today. That’s because rising progesterone is making you more subdued—and this makes you less likely to get distracted and spin off in a hundred different directions like rising estrogen and testosterone had you tempted to do during the first half of your cycle. This mellowness isn’t all good news though—you may find it difficult to muster the motivation that you had during the first two weeks of your cycle when you were fueled by rising estrogen and testosterone. To get yourself moving, try tackling one small portion of your project. Research shows that simply making a small start helps you gain the momentum to continue going!

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely experience more pain today—for instance, back aches, headaches and flare-ups of chronic painful conditions—due to plunging estrogen, which makes you more sensitive to discomfort as it falls. Now University of Montreal researchers say there may be an easy, drug-free way to thwart achiness: play a video game, read a good book, watch a favorite TV show, hang out with a fun friend or do anything else that makes you smile. According to their recent study, your mood is tied closely to your perception of pain—the happier you are, the less pain you feel! And to prove it, they gave electric shocks to volunteers; those who were experiencing negative emotions felt significantly more pain than those who were upbeat!

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