Hormonology uses hundreds of scientific studies to show you how your hormones impact you in virtually every way every day of your monthly cycle. The Hormone Horoscope is a nifty little way of dispensing this information daily. To get started, find the week you’re on in your monthly cycle (you can use this easy guide if you’re not sure), then read your Hormone Horoscope for today!
Which week are you on in your monthly cycle? Find out what it reveals about what your day has in store:
Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Try to find time today to do something you truly enjoy, be it treating yourself to a frothy frappa-whatever, calling a good pal or simply watching birds outside your window. While you were in your premenstrual Week 4, you probably did a few of these things to boost a flagging premenstrual mood–and they likely helped you feel better to some degree. Well, in Week 1, estrogen is making you get a far bigger surge of joy from doing these same activities because, when on the rise, this hormone prompts a greater production of feel-good chemicals produced by the brain when you do something you love. Sounds like a great reason to take a happiness-boosting break right now!
Day 8 to Day 14 (or ovulation)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Here’s one problem with Week 2: You could be more easily duped by an email scam or smarmy salesperson who guarantees you won’t find a lower price or better item anywhere else. Why? When estrogen and testosterone rise toward their peaks in this week of your cycle, they’re making you more optimistic, so you’re more prone to believing what someone tells you because they couldn’t possibly want to pull one over on you. What’s more, these high hormones are making you more impulsive and easily excited, which, in turn, makes it easier for someone to persuade you to act fast to take advantage of a limited-time offer before it expires. So, think a little before you take the bait. (And, in the interest of full disclosure, I want to add that I was thisclose to falling for an elaborate email scam in my last Week 2–despite my long experience reporting on Internet scams for print magazines. The email was about a domain name I was trying to secure and seemed so genuine, even when the sender tried to apply high-pressure tactics to get me to buy it immediately. I was so excited about finally getting this domain, I almost did. It was only when I took a step back from the negotiations did I realize this wasn’t on the up and up and narrowly avoided getting totally hosed.)
Day 15 (or the day after ovulation) to Day 22
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: In Week 2 of your cycle, peaking estrogen and testosterone raised your confidence in your appearance to cycle-long highs. During Week 3 of your cycle, that confidence starts to plummet due to plunging estrogen and testosterone, making you more prone to worrying about how you look. Making matters worse, rising progesterone is triggering bloat and constipation, so you may feel a bit heavier, and many women experience breakouts at this time of their cycle. To avoid a downward spiral of negativity about your body shape or a pimple, think of the many wonderful qualities you love about yourself, such as your honesty or loyalty. Numerous studies show that dwelling on your positive traits for a few moments brings you out of a self-esteem funk by reminding you of how special you truly are.
Day 23 to the end of your cycle
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
Today’s Hormone Horoscope: Yesterday, I pulled out of my driveway with the hatchback of my car all the way up. Worse yet, I wasn’t even aware of it till I immediately pulled back in to my driveway and got out of the car to double-check that I’d locked the front door. I finally noticed the hatch when I walked back to the car. I had to laugh as I thought, “Typical Week 4.” I bring this up because you, too, may have a few absent-minded professor moments in your day where you press the wrong buttons on the microwave oven or you forget your pet’s name or drive off with the hatchback wide open. Blame goes to plunging estrogen, which strikes a double-whammy to your brain skills: It takes away that cognitive sharpness you enjoyed in Week 2 as this hormone rose and it’s interrupting your sleep, bringing on fogginess from fatigue.
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