My Hormonology

Which week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Trying to save money? Better watch out! While you may be able to resist the lure of big-ticket items, you may end up nickel-and-diming your way to an empty purse by the end of the day by purchasing a new lipstick, bag of chips, magazine or scented candle. Blame goes to rising testosterone, which makes you more likely to purchase these and other small impulse items.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may be more interested in learning useful information today, for instance, by going through your phone manual to find out about features you’re not using, Googling ways to make your favorite dessert with half the fat or exploring new trip-on-a-tankful destinations nearby. Credit for the extra inquisitiveness goes to rising estrogen and testosterone, which have you feeling curious and make it easier for you to absorb new information.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may get the urge to donate more time or money to worthwhile causes, such as hunger relief, the SPCA or a children’s charity. As progesterone rises, it raises your nurturing instincts, making you more sensitive to the pain of others.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You’re in the mood to get your way today as plunging estrogen lowers feel-good serotonin in your brain, making you a tad less patient and willing to compromise. Luckily, Italian researchers discovered a novel way to get people to do things your way: ask them for what you want in their right ear! In their study, volunteers who asked strangers for a favor were far more likely to get it when the request was made in their right ear than their left. The reason? Most verbal processing and logical thinking is done in the left side of the brain, which is accessed through the right ear, and this makes people more likely to act on what’s being heard in it!

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