Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: The energy boost you get from rising estrogen and testosterone today gives you a second wind about a project that you’ve been getting bored with or have been tempted to set aside. You’ll also find it easier to dream up new strategies and ways to make this stalled venture work.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may notice that you’re standing up straighter, showing more teeth as you smile and volunteering your opinion more often. The reason? High testosterone is boosting your confidence, making you exude self-assurance. Have a project you’ve been wanting to pitch or favor you’ve wanted to ask? Try doing it today. Research shows that a key factor in hearing a “yes” to a request is how much confidence you show when asking!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Last week’s high libido is but a memory. This week, rising progesterone and lower levels of testosterone are putting the kibosh on your sex drive. Even worse: If you do go for the “O”, your climaxes are less spectacular than they were in the past two weeks. Oh, they’ll still be fun. They just won’t be the sheet-grabbing toe-curlers you’d gotten so used to.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Plunging estrogen makes it harder to get to sleep and catch quality zzz’s tonight. Why? As this hormone descends, it brings down serotonin, a brain chemical that helps regulate sleep. What’s more, less estrogen leads to greater aches, pains and sensitivity to annoyances that can keep you up at night, like light and noise. If you’re looking for some medicine-free help getting to sleep tonight, try a sound machine. Consumer Reports found that 70% of sleep deprived study participants found it worked just as well as a sleeping pill.