Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: I’m the first to admit that I love it when my estrogen and testosterone rise—see Week 2 for all the fun things they bring. However, when these hormones first start to rise in Week 1 after falling so far in Week 4, you could end up feeling a few side effects as your body readjusts, including loose stool or diarrhea, frequent urination, headaches, acne, flare-ups of chronic health problems, dizziness and/or a racing heartbeat. Luckily, if you’re bothered by any of these symptoms, they usually start to subside by mid-week so you can enjoy all the fun benefits these rising hormones bring.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: This is a week that is full of potential and possibilities thanks to high estrogen and testosterone. They’re amping up your mood, energy, confidence, brain skills and flirtatiousness. Take advantage of these hormonal influences and you could nab a new project at work, book a dream vacation, score a fun date or, well, do just about anything you want!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Minor irritations about your home that you ignored the last two weeks—like the leaking faucet, peeling paint or mismatched sofa pillows—start to irk you this week. Why? Lower levels of estrogen make you less patient with little problems and rising progesterone is making you focus more on matters concerning your home.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: You may feel the urge to chew out a friend, family member or co-worker today. Before you blow your stack, try taking a five-minute walk outside, treating yourself to a cookie or ice cream cone, or sniffing a vanilla-scented candle. All are proven stress soothers that boost serotonin, a mood-regulating brain chemical that plunges today as estrogen takes a nose-dive. Chances are, after your mood-lifting break you’ll feel less interested in blasting the person who irritated you. Or at least blasting them as much.