My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Jokes, sit-coms and watching someone trip over their own feet are funnier to you today and all through Week 2 as rising estrogen amps up brain chemicals that fire up your sense of humor.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: If you’re a longtime of this column, then you already know this is the week that peaking estrogen and testosterone make you feel happy, energetic, chatty, social, the works. But, what if you’re not feeling the high hormonal love and are, in fact, feeling blue, tired or irritable? It’s likely a sign that something’s wrong, for instance, you’re dealing with a difficult issue, you’re not sleeping well, you’re not feeding yourself healthy foods or you’re overdoing it on the way unhealthy ones. My advice if you want to bask in this week’s high hormone good feelings and pep: pinpoint your problem, then try to fix it. After all, once estrogen and testosterone drop at the start of Week 3, you’ll have to wait a whole month to tap into those amazing peaking hormone feelings once again.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: As progesterone rises and estrogen reaches lower levels, you’re more reflective and, therefore, may be thinking back on the decisions you’ve made in the past month. Take the time to applaud the good choices you made. And avoid dwelling on mistakes by making plans to learn from them and fix whatever you can. 

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Research shows that it’s easier to spot details this week, for instance, while driving, reading a report or even just cleaning. Credit for the eagle eye goes to plunging estrogen. As it descends, it makes you more critical of what you see, so you pay more attention to it.