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: You may be thinking of a gift to give a friend, family member or neighbor, such as homemade brownies, a fun toy that caught your eye in a store or even what you might get them for Christmas. Loved ones can credit estrogen for your gift-giving spirit. As this hormone rises, it gives you the urge to connect with others and make them happy!

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Have stress-reducers at the ready today, such as relaxing music, visualizing your happy place or meditating. High estrogen is amping up your stress response, making anxiety symptoms more intense and longer-lasting. In addition to stressing over the usual hand-wringers, like work, school and meeting your sweetie’s parents, you may also find yourself stressing about small issues, like getting someplace on time, or even issues that haven’t happened, but you can’t help but worry they could.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Intense feelings you have for a secret crush may have suddenly cooled today. What went wrong with the person who once made your heart go pitter-patter? Well, chances are, nothing changed with the object of your affection. Rather, rising progesterone and lower levels of testosterone are putting the kibosh on your sex drive, so hooking up isn’t on the top of your to-do list. Plus, lower levels of estrogen are making you see the faults in your sweetie that high estrogen had you overlooking during the first half of your cycle, making your crush seem a bit less perfect than you remember.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Quality sleep will be hard to come by tonight due to plunging estrogen, which depletes your brain of sleep-regulating serotonin. As a result, you may find it hard to fall asleep, wake up easily or simply toss and turn without getting any deep zzz’s. To up your chances of better sleep, try keeping your bedroom cool, wear comfy pajamas and warn roommates, family members and pets to keep the noise down since plunging estrogen makes you more sensitive to sleep-robbing discomfort and noise.

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