Your assertiveness peaks during Week 2 of your cycle, new study shows

/Your assertiveness peaks during Week 2 of your cycle, new study shows

Your assertiveness peaks during Week 2 of your cycle, new study shows

confrontNeed to stand up to a colleague who’s been pressuring you to do her work for her? Tell a cheap friend you’re no longer going to pick up the whole tab every time you hang out together? Make it clear to your roommate that your cupcakes are not community property? Or been meaning to confront someone for another reason?

Confront whoever needs confronting during Week 2 of your cycle–which is the week leading up to and including ovulation.

New research in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reveals that your assertiveness naturally peaks on these days due to high estrogen and low progesterone, which triggers a higher output of brain chemicals that pump up your confidence and resolve.

The study authors theorize this spike in assertiveness is timed to coincide with ovulation because it helps you become pickier about which potential mate you choose during this fertile phase. The more assertive you are when choosing a mate, the more likely you are to select someone with healthy genes.

It just so happens that this assertiveness spills over into other areas of your life, too, making it a tad easier to stand up for yourself in other types of situations.

By | 2017-06-06T18:16:11+00:00 November 7th, 2016|best week to..., hormonology tip, Week 2|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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