Hormone Horoscope for Friday, April 18, 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: Once the achy, tiring parts of your period are past, you (and probably many others) will notice that your sense of humor comes roaring back. That's because as estrogen rises, it pumps up feel-good brain chemicals that bring out your funny-bone. In fact, compared to your relatively humor-free premenstrual Week 4, some folks might assume something big happened in your life to put you in such a jocular mood, such as winning a scratch-off lottery ticket or finding out you're getting a big, fat raise. Oh, you could tell them that it's just rising estrogen doing its mood-lifting job. But, it's much more fun to keep them guessing.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: It may be more of a challenge for you to keep a secret today. Especially big, juicy ones. Blame for your loose lips goes to high estrogen--which makes you chatty and more excited when breaking the rules--and high testosterone--which makes you impulsive. Together, this is a recipe for spilling the beans if there ever was one.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: Compared to Week 2 gals, you're taking a more conservative approach to life this weekend due to lower levels of estrogen and testosterone combined with rising progesterone, which reduce your confidence and up your desire to play it safe. As a result, you'll likely prefer to stay in the background rather than hog the spotlight, take more time to weigh the pros and cons when making decisions and avoid risky situations or people.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: In Week 2 of your cycle, high estrogen made you enjoy scents and flavors that were new, bold or intense. Now that you're in your premenstrual Week 4, plunging estrogen has the opposite effect: You may find new, bold or intense aromas and foods unpleasant or too powerful. So, keep this in mind when shopping for scented items or when picking foods to eat today.