My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You’re more easily bored today as rising estrogen and testosterone try to persuade you to have some fun and switch things up a bit. As a result, you may opt to skip your favorite Thursday night TV shows to see a live band or pop in on friends unexpectedly, call a guy you’ve been meaning to ask out or try your luck at stumbling across a celebrity on chatroulette.com.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Be careful of biting off more than you can chew today with romance, work or money obligations. High estrogen and testosterone are whipping up your excitement and optimism, making you more likely to say “yes!” when perhaps you should say “maybe”. For instance, when a pal says she has the cutest guy to hook you up with on a blind date, ask about his past relationship history first (no need to jump from the frying pan into the fire with a guy who can’t sustain a relationship past three months, right?). Or if your co-worker asks you to help out with a project, think about your current (probably super-packed) schedule before agreeing to cram it with anything more. And when your roommate tries to convince you to go halfsies with her on a new flat-screen TV, think first about all the bills you’re still paying off…and the subsequent custody fight that ensues when roommates go halfsies on anything and then part ways.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Unlike Week 2 gals, you may be too cautious today as rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone urge you to play it safe. In your case, when you’re tempted to say “no way!”, think about saying “maybe” instead. For instance, if you see a posting for a job that pays great and is close to home, but is a little different from what you do now, consider sending in your resume anyway and use your cover letter to point out how your past experience would make you perfect for this new role. Or if you meet a new guy at a party and think he’s ho-hum, try him out on a date since he may be shy in a crowd, but open up when one-on-one. And if there’s a killer promotion at the car dealership that offers zero-percent interest for the life of the loan and no money down, instead of being scared off by the cost of a new car, consider that it may be worth trading in your old car whose warrantee has long expired for a new one that comes with a bumper-to-bumper warrantee since you’ll be saving on repair costs in the long run.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: With estrogen and testosterone descending, you prefer people, places, food and activities you know well over trying something new. As a result, you’ll likely end up at your favorite restaurant, hanging with your favorite buds or watching your favorite TV shows today.