Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Whether you’re hitched or single, optimism-boosting estrogen makes it hard not to feel good about a holiday that celebrates love (or at least love-themed greeting cards). One word of caution: rising testosterone is making you more impulsive, so it may be harder to resist buying those mouth-watering Whitman samplers, heart-shaped candy boxes and chocolate anything.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: High estrogen and testosterone love the holidays, since it’s a reason to get you partying! If you’re happily hitched, you’ll love a dream date with your mate. Deliriously single? Then grab a gaggle of your best buds and go toast your freedom from fights over money, explaining away sex when you’re not in the mood and blanket hogging!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Try to act more excited if you receive a valentine today—rising progesterone is making you sedate, so you’re more apt to do your dance of joy on the inside. Single? Then the nurturing feelings that progesterone is boosting today may make you miss someone to cuddle, feed and wipe shmutz off of with your finger and a little spit. Till you fill that spot, you’ll enjoy channeling all those nurturing feelings on an appreciative pet.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Sure, estrogen may be descending today, which can result in a premenstrual blue mood. Luckily, Valentine’s Day offers two great ways to bring your mood back up: when your sweetie showers you with romantic gifts, words of love or a much-needed massage. Or when you treat yourself to indulgent gifts, baubles you love and a wonderful at-home massage that your partnered pals only wish they got….