My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll probably notice that compared to last week, your memory is sharper, you’re thinking faster on your feet and you’re more eloquent. These brain benefits are courtesy of rising estrogen and testosterone, which continue to sharpen these mental skills all the way through the end of Week 2.

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You may find it more difficult to stick to diets, resolutions to quit cigarettes, promises to cut down on alcohol and other deals you made yourself. The reason? High testosterone is making you impulsive and, if you do fall off the wagon, high estrogen is making it harder to get back on by intensifying the pleasure you get from food, smokes, drinks and other usual baddies.

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: It’s more difficult for others to read your emotions today and gauge how you’re feeling. Why? Rising progesterone, a sedating hormone, is making you less emotive, so you’re making fewer facial expressions and volunteering less information about your current mood.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Want help warding off the premenstrual meanies? Try planning a short trip someplace fun. According to a new study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, the exciting anticipation of getting away revs your mood all the way up till the day you leave—and it doesn’t matter whether you plan a dream getaway, for instance, to the Riviera, or stay local by visiting a petting zoo!

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