Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: In a relationship? Then rising estrogen is making it easier to overlook your sweetie’s faults, like arriving late to a date or forgetting your two-week anniversary. Single? Rising estrogen is making you more forgiving of the foibles of a potential mate, like, say, a smoking habit or an undying love of Dungeons and Dragons.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re noticing—and enjoying—men’s faces today. That’s the news from a neuroscientist at Indiana University whose recent study found that when you look at men around the time of ovulation, the reward center of your brain is more active. What she also found: During ovulation, the brain regions that make you feel inhibited are less active. The result? You may be more likely to engage in risky sexual activity during this time of your cycle. So, it’s best to keep condoms on hand just in case.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Keep a box of peppermint tea nearby today. Rising progesterone is triggering tummy troubles as it slows down digestion, causing constipation, gas and indigestion. Peppermint tea is a natural and proven stomach soother that eases these woes in minutes. For best brewing results, steep in water that’s hot, but not boiling, for up to 10 minutes.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: There’s no way to sugarcoat this: you’re apt to get frustrated more frequently today over just about anything: web pages won’t download fast enough, there are too many cars clogging up the road ahead of you, your partner isn’t responding instantly to your every command. Of course, it’s no surprise that the blame for the lack of patience falls squarely on plunging estrogen, which brings down mood-stabilizing serotonin.