My HormonologyWhich week are you on in your cycle?

Week 1
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormone-cast: You may feel antsy today if you’re not doing two, three, even five things at once, for instance, listening to online radio while typing a report while brewing a cup of chai tea while talking to your hamster, Sprinkles, that shares your work desk while daydreaming about the spring weather that’s sure to come soon. (Of course, I’m not talking about me!) You can’t help wanting to do a lot at once: rising estrogen is making you easily bored, which makes you want to dash from one thing to another to another to…

Week 2
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormone-cast: Sexual thoughts will pop up in your day at the weirdest times, for instance, when you’re ordering take-out, filing your nails or simply admiring a fluffy cloud in the sky…that looks coincidentally like your burly UPS guy’s biceps. Credit for the repeated naughty thoughts goes to testosterone. When it gets high in your cycle, as it does today, it revs up your libido and stimulates areas of the brain responsible for sexual fantasies.   

Week 3
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormone-cast: Some good news? The sugar that high progesterone has you craving today won’t cause break-outs. It’s a happy myth! The bad news? Last week’s high testosterone may have triggered an abundance of oil on your skin leading to acne this week. Back to the good news: A sugar scrub can help banish pimples! That’s right! Strange as it sounds, sugar contains natural antibacterial properties that zap acne bacteria and heal eruptions faster. Plus, it’s a gentle exfoliant, helping you shed dead skin cells that can lead to future breakouts.

Week 4
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormone-cast: You’re in the mood for foods you know you like, movies you’ve already seen and other tried-and-true indulgences. Off the table? Unusual foods—like poached eel or kumquat ice cream—arty movies and other not-so-typical fare. That’s because as estrogen and testosterone plunge this week, they make you less interested in taking risks or being challenged like they did during the first two weeks of your cycle when they were on the rise.

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