Hormone Horoscope for Thursday, July 30, 2015
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're likely going to be smiling more (and showing more teeth as you grin), standing straighter, using more hand gestures and talking a bit louder. That's rising estrogen for you: As the level of this hormone climbs, it revs brain chemicals that buoy your mood, extroversion and confidence.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: You may opt for fun or beauty over practicality today, for instance, you may use a cool retro purse that's so tiny it fits absolutely nothing you need or wear an adorable pair of shoes even though they're totally not suitable for the weather. That's rising estrogen's influence. As the level of this hormone gets higher and higher, it has you putting frivolity way ahead of necessity.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: For most women, the transition into Week 3 is pretty easy to detect. That's because rising progesterone coupled with lower levels of estrogen and testosterone make it like the "opposite day" version of Week 2: While last week you were energetic, excited and enthusiastic, this week three cups of coffee barely make you budge. While your thoughts were once going a million miles a minute and you were remembering five-syllable words at the drop of a hat, now your brain is a bit foggy and you're lucky you can remember the name of your cat. And while your libido was just revved to an all-time high, it's now plunged to barely-there levels. All these changes may make Week 3 seem like a total drag, however, this physical, mental and amorous slow-down makes it a perfect time to recharge and reflect. Something Week 2 gals know nothing about!
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: You may find that you're giving one-word answers to questions and are less interested in joining in conversations. The reason? As estrogen plunges, it can make you quieter and less focused on connecting with others.

Are you suffering from “post-PMS”? What it is–and how to fix it


I've recently received a few emails from Hormonology readers voicing the same complaint: During the middle and end of their period in Week 1 of their monthly cycle, they feel like premenstrual symptoms return. They say they have aches, fatigue, … [Continue reading]

2 more studies add to the mounting proof: Ginger really can quiet menstrual cramps


I just came back from the health food store with ginger to help ease pain and inflammation in my back that's still recuperating. So, it's kind of kismet that I just came across two new studies (this one in the journal Pain Medicine and this one in … [Continue reading]