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: If it’s the first half of your Week 1, use your energy wisely: You may start out feeling as though you have momentum that will carry you through the whole day and into the evening. But, more likely than not, the loss of energizing iron from menstruation coupled with low (though climbing) estrogen and testosterone are going to give you a limited store of pep that peters out by mid to late afternoon. If it’s the second half of your Week 1, you’ll feel a surge of energy that’s longer-lasting. It may even be a little too much, triggering a racing heart or the jitters till your body gets used to the extra oomph.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re willing to give something or someone a second shot today, for instance, you may consider signing up for a yoga class you recently dropped or going out to lunch with someone who’s annoyed you in the past. The reason? Rising estrogen is pumping up your optimism making you think that, perhaps, this time things will turn out better.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Week 3 can be a pretty tricky week mood-wise: If it’s the first half of your Week 3, you may feel cranky and blue due to what I call “pre-PMS”, a phase where estrogen and testosterone dip for the first of two times in your monthly cycle, triggering symptoms similar to regular PMS, only shorter and less intense. (By Week 4, estrogen and testosterone dip for the second time in your cycle, triggering true PMS.) If it’s the second half of your Week 3, estrogen and testosterone rise along with progesterone, making you feel mellow and calm. Unless you’re sensitive to progesterone, in which case you may feel a bit weepy. But, the irritation should be gone, so that’s something to enjoy.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Okay, there’s no denying that you may be on a moody merry-do-round today as estrogen plunges, taking your mood-stabilizing serotonin down with it. However, it’s worth noting that when you get into a funk, crying jag or temper flare, it’s not permanent. Your body’s moody reaction to its hormonal plunge should only last a few minutes. So, if you can take a few deep breaths and wait it out, you’ll be back to your calm, serene self shortly.

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