Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: Whether you’re a swinging single or happily hitched, rising estrogen is pushing you to connect with others. And, lucky you, there are two new ways you can do it! If you’re seeking a date, try the new free matchmaking service on Facebook from 12like.com. Sign up, take a fun and fast personality test, then be introduced to potential partners who share your beliefs and mindsets. If you’re seeking friendship plus a little extra income, try signing yourself up to rentafriend.com. This quirky start-up matches folks who need a platonic pal—for instance, travelers who want someone to show them around, folks who need someone to read to their mom in a nursing home, event invitees who have trouble mingling and want to bring along a guest to make it less awkward, or lonely singles who require a wing-man/designated driver. Pay is about $20 to $30 per hour.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re going to be encroaching on other people’s personal space today and get the urge to say things you probably shouldn’t as high estrogen has you overlooking personal boundaries in favor of getting up-close-and-personal and telling it like it is. And, it probably goes without saying that this effect is doubled if alcohol is involved.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: People who got used to making you laugh for the past two weeks are gonna start to worry that they’ve broken their funny bone when they’re around you. The reason? During Week 1 and Week 2, you were all guffaws as estrogen rose since this hormone boosted laugh-triggering endorphins. But, in Week 3, not only does estrogen dip to a lower level, making the giggles farther and fewer between, rising progesterone is also on the scene, making you seem more serious and sober.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: As estrogen plunges, making you see the world a little more cynically, you may be convinced that other people are chock full of hidden agendas today—for example, you may think the shopper who cut you in line probably didn’t like your tattoo, the driver in front of you who’s going 10 mph under the speed limit probably knows you’re late for an appointment and is going slow on purpose or the Facebook friend who posted a weird comment on her wall most likely aimed it at you in retaliation for an overly honest comment you made in your Week 2 that didn’t sit well. The truth? Most people are waaaayyyyy too involved in themselves to have any agenda about anyone else. For serious. Life is complicated and most people’s thoughts (including my own) are usually about their own problems and concerns. And this may lead them (again, myself included) to do bone-headed stuff, like inadvertently cut off someone in line or forget what the speed limit is on a given road. Remembering this little fact could save you a lot of premenstrual aggravation as you navigate your day.