My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Your competitive spirit increases this week and next week as testosterone rises. This means you’ll be less likely to back down from a fight (see my recent Facebook entry), more likely to accept invitations for games you’re sure you’ll win (or die trying!) and have the confidence to send in more resumes to job openings since you know you’ll outshine the other applicants.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Mother Nature sure has a sense of humor. In the very week when your high testosterone makes you guy-crazy, the same hormone is also making you more likely to experience a blast of acne as it raises your skin’s level of pimple-triggering oil. I’m a big fan of natural remedies and use an aloe gel that contains vitamin B3. But, you can also get relief from a twice-a-week face mask made from a teaspoon of brewer’s yeast and water. Like the gel, its rich store of B vitamins douses the bacteria that lead to breakouts.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Unlike Week 1 gal, you probably won’t be putting up a fight when someone irritates you. Rising progesterone is sapping your energy and lower levels of testosterone are making you less confident about confronting people about their annoying habits. These frustrating folks should appreciate the free pass they’re getting from you this week. If they keep up their bad behavior till Week 4 of your cycle rolls around, plunging estrogen and rising noradrenaline won’t be letting them off the hook so easy.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: You may find it hard to focus today as plunging estrogen and testosterone lower your ability to concentrate. Unfortunately, that could mean letting a whole day pass without getting a single task finished. To help you stay on track, try making a “to-do” list and a “not to do” list. That way, when you find yourself beginning to stray over to Facebook, walk past a chatty neighbor, head to the kitchen when you’re not even close to hungry or turn on the TV you can bring yourself back on course and put more time into the tasks that need to get done.


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