My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising estrogen, a hormone that amps up your sense of humor, makes you find little things funnier today, for instance, the way your dog makes a dozen circles before finally laying down, that way your partner mispronounces a certain word or the silly way your kid avoids eating her peas.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Despite the frigid winter temps, your adventure-loving high estrogen and testosterone may have you dragging all your less eager pals to the movies, mall, restaurant or another fun spot that will help cure your cold season cabin fever.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Rising progesterone, a hormone that accentuates your desire to nurture, may give you the urge to find something new to baby today, for instance, by adopting a cat, buying a hamster or starting an herb garden.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Keep the moisturizer and lip balm handy. Plunging estrogen is lowering your skin’s moisture level and the dry winter air makes sensitive and exposed skin even more prone to chapping. No lotion or Chapstick around? No problem. Simply dab on extra virgin olive oil, which infuses your skin, lips and fingernails with moisture naturally.

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