Hormone Horoscope for Monday, September 1, 2014
Which week are you on in your monthly cycle? CLICK a week below to read your Hormone Horoscope:
> WEEK ONE: Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7
Estrogen rises: As your Week 1 goes on, you may be toying with the idea of taking on a leadership role, for instance, by running for some kind of office, volunteering to head up a project, forming a social group or vying for a managerial position at work. That’s because rising estrogen is boosting your confidence, extroversion and decision-making skills, making you more comfortable being the one calling the shots.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: You'll likely notice you have more strength and stamina today. Credit goes to high estrogen and testosterone, which ratchet up your physical energy. While this is a good thing--heck, it's a great thing!--I do feel it's necessary to point out one downside to you, Week 2 gal: Your high optimism-boosting estrogen may have you convincing yourself that your physical prowess now makes you uninjurable. So, you may push yourself a bit too far, for instance, running past the point of exhaustion when training for a marathon or starting a humongous physically-demanding project (like rearranging the furniture or building a shed) and insisting on going till it's done. My advice? (Not that I expect you to take it considering your hormone-fueled overconfidence, but, just in case....) Try to pace yourself. Despite feeling like Superwoman today, you're still in a mortal body that can get achy, dehydrated and strained.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: In Week 2 of your cycle, peaking estrogen and testosterone raised your confidence in your appearance to cycle-long highs. During Week 3 of your cycle, that confidence starts to plummet due to plunging estrogen and testosterone, making you more prone to worrying about how you look. Making matters worse, rising progesterone is triggering bloat and constipation, so you may feel a bit heavier, and many women experience breakouts at this time of their cycle. To avoid a downward spiral of negativity about your body shape or a pimple, think of the many wonderful qualities you love about yourself, such as your honesty or loyalty. Numerous studies show that dwelling on your positive traits for a few moments brings you out of a self-esteem funk by reminding you of how special you truly are.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: At times today, you may find that you're giving one-word answers to questions and are less interested in joining in or starting conversations. The reason? As estrogen plunges, it makes you quieter and less focused on connecting with others than you were in the first half of your cycle when the level of this hormone was on the rise.

Readers weigh in: How to make your relationship better each week of your cycle

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Yesterday, I wrote about how your hormones can impact how you view your relationship throughout your monthly cycle. I was going to add a few of my own tips about how you can encourage, guide and/or cajole your partner into helping you make your … [Continue reading]