Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: It’s easy to get bored today as rising fun-loving estrogen is like your junior year dorm-mate urging you to skip class and go skinny-dipping and beer bonging instead. As a result, you may find it harder to focus and will probably get distracted by celebrity gossip websites, computer games and any offers of 2-for-1 drink specials within a 5-mile radius.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: When someone asks you a question today, they should allot extra time for your answer—rising estrogen is making you chatty! Even more interesting: You’re using higher and lower notes all this week. Researchers believe this sing-song speech pattern developed as one of the many ways women woo men during their most fertile time of the month.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Progesterone, a sedating hormone that rises today, is slowing you down. While that may not be good news if you’re trying to stay awake during a board meeting, it is helpful if you’re trying to lose excess pounds. Turns out, women who take their time while eating consume about 70 fewer calories per meal, according to a University of Rhode Island study. Dawdle over your food all day long and that could translate into about 210 fewer calories per day!
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may be tempted to jump to negative conclusions or think the worst about situations today. Why? As estrogen and testosterone plunge, they make you less optimistic and confident by lowering your brain’s level of feel-good chemicals. So, before you get your stomach tied in knots because you’re sure you’re losing your job, your house, your sweetie or your cat, take a deep breath and remember that your hormones are making things appear worse than they really are and, chances are, the outcome could be positive, too.