Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising estrogen is making you feel more and more extrovered and that can make you feel like a caterpillar ready to escape its cocoon. Staying indoors at work, school or home is a real drag. You’re happier out in nature, going for a shopping trip or dining al fresco.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: It’ll be hard to resist listening to and dishing out a little gossip today. High estrogen is making you chatty and giving your brain an extra feel-good buzz from these kinds of naughty-fun activities.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Your taste in men change this week. While rough, rugged dudes caught your eye last week when estrogen was peaking, this week’s lower level of estrogen has you drawn to more sensitive, softer-looking men.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: You may sense a slight lack of self-assurance today as estrogen and testosterone plunge, taking confidence-lifting brain chemicals with them. As a result, you may find yourself hunching instead of standing up straight, volunteering to answer questions less often or second-guessing things you’ve said or done. Try not to beat yourself up about it. Instead, think back to successes you can be proud of. Research shows that reminding yourself of past achievements helps boost flagging self-confidence right back up.