Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may take more time to notice and appreciate beautiful things around you, like the sweet smell of freshly-cut grass, colorful butterflies or a perfect puffy cloud. The reason? As estrogen rises, it puts you in a sunny mood and makes you more likely to pay attention to the world outside you (as opposed to the second half of your cycle when your thoughts turn inward).
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Are you thinking of anything other than sex, your secret crush and getting your current partner into bed? If so, then congratulations! You’re one of the few Week 2 gals who can actually squeeze in a non-lusty thought or two during this high-testosterone week. The rest of us will be picturing everyone naked and wondering if the nearest hotel has per-hour rates.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Feeling down or weepy? It may be due to progesterone, which rises today. While this sedating hormone usually makes you feel mellow and calm, it can also make you feel sad or even depressed if you’re sensitive to it.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Okay, there’s no denying that you may be on a moody merry-do-round today as estrogen plunges, taking your mood-stabilizing serotonin down with it. However, it’s worth noting that when you get into a funk, crying jag or temper flare, it’s not permanent. Your body’s moody reaction to its hormonal plunge should only last a few minutes. So, if you can take a few deep breaths and wait it out, you’ll be back to your calm, serene self shortly.