Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: With fun-loving estrogen rising, you’re happiest when you find a way to add some play into your day—for instance, painting your toenails, indulging in an online mini shopping spree, going miniature golfing or even naughtily taking one of those store security tags you snip off your clothes and slipping it into your friend’s handbag so she never knows why she sets off the alarms every time she enters a store.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: No matter how good they look, other women may not want to cross your path today. Researchers found that high estrogen makes you more critical of the appearance of other gals. Turns out, we developed this primitive (and snarky) trait as a way to ward off potential rivals during the fertile phase of our cycle.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Feeling blue? That may be progesterone’s fault. When this hormone rises, like it does today, it can cause a down mood in women who are sensitive to it. Other less sensitive gals will feel a general sense of calm. Regardless of your hormone sensitivity, you can perk up your mood by doing activities that increase feel-good brain chemicals, such as shopping, exercising and watching your favorite TV show on hulu.com.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Pick out your most comfortable outfit today—skip the pants that pinch, the shoes that bind and the bra with that annoying underwire that pokes you in the rib. Plunging estrogen is making you more sensitive to physical pain, so those ouch-inducers will be more irritating than during the other weeks in your cycle.