Which week are you on
in your monthy cycle?
Find out what it reveals about
what your day has in store:
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: If it’s the first half of your Week 1, you’ll probably feel a bit drained and foggy due to menstruation, which tends to deplete women’s bodies of energy-boosting iron. To lift your pep and feel more alert, take an iron supplement or dine on iron-rich foods, which include clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp, beef, chicken liver, beans, fortified cereal and turkey. If you’re in the second half of your Week 1, you’ll probably notice a surge of energy and brain skills courtesy of rising estrogen and testosterone. If you’re sensitive to this surge, you may notice a fast heart rate, a rise in nervous habits or a lot of fidgeting. These side effects should subside in a day or so as your body adjusts to your new energy level.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may surprise yourself with the witty comebacks that fly out of your mouth in response to someone’s snarky comments. Credit for your brilliant witticisms goes to high estrogen and testosterone, which sharpen your brain skills, make you think faster on your feet and even make you funnier!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You may notice that energy you put into your career, school or start-up business begins to shift to matters closer to your heart, such as your home, friendships, partner or children. Why? As estrogen dips this week, it makes you less focused on the material world outside; and, as progsterone rises, it boosts nurturing feelings, which makes you place more importance on your personal life. As a result, you may put in less time at the office or on schoolwork and make more dates with your family, paint the bathroom or plant an indoor herb garden.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel frustrated today as problems you’ve swept under the rug during the first three weeks of your cycle rear their ugly heads like nobody’s business. You can either blame or thank plunging estrogen for highlighting your woes. As this hormone descends, it reduces mood-stabilizing serotonin in your brain. And while this makes you more agitated about problems, thing is, it’s probably about time you addressed them, anyway. After all, if you stayed mum all cycle long and never tackled issues head-on, then your roommate would never be told to finally pay her rent on time, you would have to continue to feign glee every time your sweetie surprises you with that horrible “Magic Meatloaf” dish and your coworker would never learn that you actually don’t enjoy doing his work for him.
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