Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely notice new things about your neighbors, co-workers or friends, such as a new haircut, a slight stutter or a funny tic one of them has when they’re nervous. That’s because as estrogen rises, it makes you take more of an interest in the people around you.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: This is the week of grand schemes and brillianter than brilliant ideas! High estrogen and testosterone have you thinking at lightning speed, helping you come up with creative solutions to nagging problems and inventive ways to move your life (and all your friends’ and family members’) ahead.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may notice it’s harder to remember little details today. Blame goes to rising progesterone, a hormone that fogs up your brain a wee bit. Luckily, there’s an easy way to sharpen recall any day of your cycle: nibble dark chocolate. A recent British study show that flavanols it contains triggers a surge of blood to the brain’s memory centers, making them work harder so you remember more for up to three hours after enjoying the sweet treat.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Pick out your most comfortable outfit today—skip the pants that pinch, the shoes that bind and the bra with that annoying underwire that pokes you in the rib. Plunging estrogen is making you more sensitive to physical pain, so those ouch-inducers will be more irritating than during the other weeks in your cycle.