Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: With the warm-weather season winding down soon, you may have the urge to fit in one more summer trip as rising estrogen boosts your desire to have fun and rising testosterone boosts your desire to wander. Make plans now, even for just a long weekend, and studies show that simply anticipating the getaway will help elevate your mood all the way till you leave.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Your libido gets a surge today as sex drive-boosting testosterone hits cycle-long highs. Want to make these sexy sensations go over the top? Drink coffee, Red Bull, a frappuccino or other caffeinated beverage. Researchers found that caffeine raises a woman’s libido in mere minutes.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: As progesterone rises and estrogen reaches lower levels, you’re more reflective and, therefore, may be thinking back on the decisions you’ve made in the past month. Take the time to applaud the good choices you made. And avoid dwelling on mistakes by making plans to learn from them and fix whatever you can.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may find the heat and humidity too much to bear today. That’s because plunging estrogen is making you more sensitive to physical discomforts. To cool off, try sipping slushie ice drinks and applying ice to your wrist and other pulse points; both help cool your core body temperature in minutes.