My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: People may be coming to you to ask your opinion or advice today. The reason? Rising estrogen makes you seem more approachable as it makes you chattier and more likely to smile. And, it’s a good day for you to dole out words of wisdom since rising estrogen and testosterone are making think fast on your feet, helping you come up with novel solutions to nagging problems.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High testosterone, a hormone that amps up impulsiveness, is making you more likely to purchase goods that aren’t on your shopping list, but which you buy on the fly, such as electronics, a purse or clothes. And now a new study reveals another key factor influencing how you decide what to buy: Turns out, you’re more apt to pick products that are closer to your dominant hand! So say Stanford University researchers who found that righties tend to judge objects on their right side as positive and objects on their left side as negative; lefties do the opposite. That’s because we move and hold items more easily and accurately with our dominant hand, so we automatically equate that side—and everything near it—as better, explains lead study author Daniel Casasanto, Ph.D. To be sure you’re really buying a product because it’s the best one, simply swap the placement of two items you’re choosing between—so the left one is on the right and the right one is on the left!

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Some may say you’re a bit on the shy side today. That’s because rising progesterone is making you feel quiet and sedate, it’s make you hard to muster excitement and enthusiasm, and you’re less expressive. This could confuse friends, family members and coworkers who witnessed you first-hand being chatty, excited, expressive and energetic when estrogen was high last week.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Try to put fun higher on your to-do list today. Research shows that taking time to do favorite hobbies and laugh is a powerful way to distract yourself from premenstrual discomfort and lift a premenstrual down mood, which makes your whole day better.


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