My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: Research shows that thanks to rising estrogen your brain gets a bigger buzz when you do pleasurable activities during the first half of your cycle than when you do the same activities during the second half. This means that things like shopping, smooching and eating chocolate are even more fun today!

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Spiking estrogen and testosterone are making you do everything faster, such as talking, typing and ordering your triple shot cappuccino (not that you need it!). Harness all that hormone-fueled speed and you could get to the bottom of your to-do list before Friday and snag an early weekend!

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: You’re probably feeling hungry more frequently today due to rising progesterone. If you’re shopping, be sure not to ignore any hunger pangs. University of Cambridge researchers found that people make better financial decisions on a full stomach compared to an empty one. Credit goes to a rise in the mood-moderating brain chemical serotonin that comes from eating, which makes you less impulsive and more likely to weigh your purchase carefully. 

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: Feeling a tad forgetful? If so, you can blame plunging estrogen, which drags down your powers of recall this week. The good news? A study published in the journal Psychological Science reveals an easy way to remember anything: use alliteration, starting every word or phrase with the same letter. For instance, a to-do list might look like this: walk dog, work out, wind up at the grocery store. It’s easier for our brain to remember words starting with the same letter, which explains why so many children’s poems use this fun technique, the researchers say.

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