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: If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to avoid magazines, shopping websites and the home shopping channel. Rising estrogen and testosterone are putting you in the mood to buy small, frivolous items that you aren’t specifically looking for, but once you see them, you realize just how much you want them.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: A lot of folks assume that the only week women lose their temper is during Week 4, the premenstrual week. But, truth is, you’ve got a tiger crouched and ready to spring during Week 2 as well. That’s because when estrogen gets as high as it does on these days, it amps up your emotional response to stress and makes you more vocal. Meanwhile, testosterone is making you feel bolder and a lot less concerned about what people think of you. The combination of these hormonal effects should be enough for anyone to think twice about cutting you off in traffic, stealing your lunch out of the fridge or grabbing the last on-sale bikini that you were clearly reaching for. The resulting outburst could be frightening.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: The clock may seem like it’s dragging today as rising progesterone pulls down your energy, making you feel uninspired and a little bored. If you need help perking your energy back up, try going for a short brisk walk outdoors, which is proven in study after study to rejuvenate the mind and body by boosting blood circulation and providing a mental break.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: I like to repeat certain topics since they’re so important, which is why I’m bringing up this one again: Week 4 You has the power to make Week 1 You so much happier. And all it takes is popping ibuprofen. Research shows that taking one to three ibuprofen (like Advil or Motrin) per day (spaced out, not all together) on the three days leading up to your period blocks the body’s buildup of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause menstrual cramp pain. No prostaglandins = significantly less period pain or, like me, no period pain at all. Not sure when your period starts? No worries, you can guesstimate so long as you don’t exceed the dosage instructions on the label. Can’t take ibuprofen? Try popping 1 gram of fish oil containing DHA and EPA daily, which also blocks prostaglandins from forming.
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