Hormone Horoscope for Saturday, May 23, 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: It may be difficult to resist the urge to think about a secret crush you currently have or the one you long to find. That's rising estrogen's fault. As it climbs higher and higher throughout your Week 1 and Week 2, it revs your desire for romance. As a result, you may find ways to "accidentally" bump into the cutie you're adoring from afar or look for ways to find a target for your affections, such as surfing a dating website or going to a club.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: Go bold with scents and tastes today. High estrogen is upping your enjoyment of intense aromas (such as candles, potpourri, soap or incense) and flavors (for instance, a darker roast of coffee or a spicier meal). However, resist the urge to buy a whole lot of the aromatic or flavorful item you're loving today. While it may feel like you'll never stop enjoying it, by Week 3, you'll actually be preferring milder smells and tastes due to plunging hormones. So, you don't want to be stuck with a crate of cinnamon-rose-chili-scented candles or five pounds of ground espresso that you won't be using till your Week 2 comes around again.
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: As your Week 3 goes on, you may notice you're being hit with bouts of the blues or the urge to cry for no good reason. Here's why: In the first half of your Week 3, estrogen takes a deep plunge, which brings down levels of mood-stabilizing serotonin in the brain, which can, in turn, bring down your mood. At the same time, progesterone is rising and, depending on your sensitivity to this hormone, it can trigger sadness or weepiness. The good news? For most women, sad feelings and tears usually last only a short time--sometimes just a few minutes--before passing and leaving you feeling fine again.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: You may get a bit concerned that you're having a health problem today. The reason? As estrogen plunges in your premenstrual Week 4, it can trigger heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea and other aches, pains and discomforts. At the same time, this descending hormone is lowering levels of mood-stabilizing serotonin, which can cause worry. To avoid stressing out about whatever symptom you're experiencing--which can actually make the problem worse--talk with a level-headed friend (not the "drama mama") or family member about what you're feeling. Often, just sharing your problem with a supportive loved one helps relieve your anxiety, which can then ease the symptom.