My HormonologyWhich week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Connect with pals for lunch dates, pot luck dinners or group outings to the mall. Rising estrogen is putting you in an extroverted, sociable kind of mood, so staying home alone feels like a total bore.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Watch those nervous tics, like nail chewing, hair twirling, lip biting or scratching. High estrogen is amping up your nervous energy, which can put nervous habits into overdrive, leaving you with nubby nails, scraggly hair ends, sore lips and scars. Having trouble getting that excess anxiety under control? Try sipping chamomile tea, which is abundant in calming compounds, research shows.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may suddenly feel worry over money, your job, paying your bills, affording gift-giving for the holidays or other financial matters. Why? During the first half of your cycle, rising estrogen was lifting feel-good brain chemicals that helped you minimize money woes or avoid paying attention to them altogether. However, in Week 3 this hormone gets lower, making money matters harder to ignore. Meanwhile, rising progesterone makes you focus on important issues in your life, which for most of us boils down to what’s in our wallet. To avoid spiraling into an anxiety attack over your finances, try finding easy ways to cut corners, including calling cable and phone companies to find out about cheaper plans, upping your deductible on car, home and health insurance policies and doing a little creative holiday shopping on Craiglist.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen plunges, taking down your patience, you may get so fed up with work, school, the person you’re dating or even just the usual place you pick up lunch that you may decide you want to try something altogether different, for instance, ditch your accounting job to open up a video arcade, switch from majoring in social work to advertising and marketing, set up a account to see who bites or grab a friend and head to the new Mexican Thai fusion cafe you’ve heard so many people raving about.

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