Which week are you on
in your monthly cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’re feeling more confident about your appearance this week thanks to estrogen and testosterone. Not only do they reduce the puffiness and bloating you experienced during the second half of your cycle as they rise, they also boost brain chemicals that make you more upbeat and optimistic, helping you see your attributes more clearly!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Keep your eye on the clock around 8 a.m. today and every day of Week 2. Japanese researchers found 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.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, is putting you in a mellow mood. This makes it a perfect time to lounge around with the ones you love. For instance, invite your sister out for tea, head to a post-work movie with your best bud or simply chill on the couch with a pint of Chunky Monkey and the remote with your roomie. Believe it or not, these simple bonding moments will make you happier than if you got a raise, say researchers at University of Texas at Austin. In their recent 10-year study, participants felt greater satisfaction and well-being when they had strong ties to family and loved ones than when they had oodles of cash!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Have a stomach ache? Headache? Chills? Your plunging estrogen may have you leaping to the conclusion that you’ve caught the swine flu as it brings down confidence-building brain chemicals, making you more likely to worry. But, chances are, it’s just plain ol’ premenstrual syndrome. As hormones descend, they cause withdrawal symptoms—similar to quitting cigarettes, coffee and other powerful chemicals. Your body is simply throwing a mini tantrum and sending you a bunch of uncomfortable messages telling you it wants more of what it’s missing. Unfortunately, your body can “Waaah waah waah!” all it wants. Estrogen isn’t making a comeback till Week 1. Till then, treating yourself to fun indulgences—like your favorite TV show, cupcake or bubble bath—can boost mood-enhancing and pain-reducing brain chemicals that plunge during this phase, which can help alleviate some PMS discomfort.
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