Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to avoid magazines, shopping websites and the home shopping channel. Rising estrogen and testosterone are putting you in the mood to buy small, frivolous items that you aren’t specifically looking for, but once you see them, you realize just how much you want them.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: A lot of folks assume that the only week women lose their temper is during Week 4, the premenstrual week. But, truth is, you’ve got a tiger crouched and ready to spring during Week 2 as well. That’s because when estrogen gets as high as it does on these days, it amps up your emotional response to stress and makes you more vocal. Meanwhile, testosterone is making you feel bolder and a lot less concerned about what people think of you. The combination of these hormonal effects should be enough for anyone to think twice about cutting you off in traffic, stealing your lunch out of the fridge or grabbing the last on-sale bikini that you were clearly reaching for. The resulting outburst could be frightening.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: Wave buh-bye to your libido today. Rising progesterone is putting the kibosh on that bit of fun. And, if you do happen to feel the rare stirrings from down below, don’t count on an easy or fulfilling climax; progesterone is making it more difficult to reach orgasm and the orgasm you do reach are totally ho-hum compared to those reached in other weeks of your cycle. The good news? Cuddling, massage and foreplay all still feel wonderful and boost feel-good brain chemicals that lift mood and make you feel more connected to your partner.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Take extra precautions when doing something that’s potentially painful. For instance, wear a helmet, a long-sleeved shirt and pants when learning to ride a scooter, put Band-Aids on your heels and toes when breaking in new shoes or take more time to stretch before a new dance class. Plunging estrogen is lowering your brain’s output of pain-masking endorphins, which makes injuries, blisters and strains way more uncomfortable than on other weeks of your cycle.