Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel like more great opportunities and good fortune are coming your way today. And you have your homones to thank! As estrogen rises, it makes you more open to new experiences and meeting new people—both of which have been shown to increase your chances of attracting (and jumping on) lucky breaks.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: Guard your heart today. You may be convinced that you’re head-over-heels in love with a first date, an old flame or someone who is not your current partner, resulting in you stalking them on Facebook, riding past their house like a million times and spending hours picturing your future life together. Truth? High estrogen may just be playing mind-games with you and the love you feel may not be as real as you think. The reason? As this hormone peaks, it puts your brain on automatic mate-seeker, pushing you toward someone newer, more exciting and physically attractive. Luckily, there’s a super-easy way to find out if what you’re feeling really is true love or just estrogen lust before you make any drastic moves—simply double-check how you feel about this person in Week 3 of your cycle. If it’s true love, the feelings you have will be just as strong even as estrogen plunges next week. If it’s simple hormone-fueled lust, chances are, your feelings will fade dramatically.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: It’s a great day to do any kind of exercise, such as walking, biking or swimming. The combination of estrogen and progesterone amp up your body’s fat-burning machine, helping you melt up to 30% more fat than during the first half of your cycle. If you take advantage of this fat burn and overdo it, there’s a surprising way to avoid achy muscles: drink milk! It contains a perfect mix of proteins and carbs that help decrease muscle damage that causes soreness, reports the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: You may feel more aches and pains today as estrogen levels fall, making you more sensitive to discomfort. To avoid back pain, don’t sit up straight. Even though Mom said it was the proper way to sit, recent studies reveal this posture puts the most strain on your lower back, causing muscle pain and even spinal deformity. For a more comfortable sitting position, lean back about 135 degrees. Using MRI full body scans, Scottish scientists found this position puts the least strain on your back, resulting in less pain.