Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising testosterone has you feeling bolder by the minute. This makes it a perfect week to shake things up with your mate or best buds by trying something new and slightly daring. Bonus: Doing new activities with your sweetie triggers a surge in dopamine and norepinephrine—chemicals that flooded your brain when you first fell in love!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Even if you’re not a football fan, you’re likely to accept invitations to Super Bowl bashes as high estrogen and testosterone amp up your enjoyment of parties, flirting and copious amounts of holiday-themed foods and beverages.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Looking to shed weight? If you can fight progesterone’s urge to make you nap and push yourself to exercise, you’ll actually burn up to 30% more calories this week and most of next week than you would during the first two weeks of your cycle. Credit goes to the combination of estrogen and progesterone, which turns your body into a fat-burning furnace, research shows.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Friday couldn’t come soon enough for you, Week 4 gal. With estrogen and testosterone descending, you’ve probably had it up to here with work, school or other usual weekday responsibilities and are ready to plan your day around your own whims!