Hormone Horoscope for Wednesday, October 22, 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: If you live in a place that celebrates Halloween, you could be seriously tempted to do something silly or outrageous for the costume-themed holiday as rising estrogen boosts your extroversion and desire for fun. Don't live somewhere that Halloween is celebrated--or don't celebrate the holiday yourself? Then, rising estrogen is probably pushing you to seek out silliness in other ways, for instance, by hosting a themed pot luck dinner or wearing a light-up Christmas sweater.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: Today, high estrogen is fueling the kind of confidence that can make you truly believe you can do anything. Like, anything. And while that's an awesome feeling, there are times you may want to acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, you need a bit more instruction, training or help before doing something that requires skills you don't have. For instance? Wellll, I'm currently learning to drive a stick shift thanks to my extremely patient husband, Douglas. And, my own rising estrogen confidence really had me totally convinced I was ready to get out of the parking lot and tackle the road. Except I wasn't. After some stalls and jerks, and more stalls and jerks, the "check engine" light went on. Oops. Clearly getting more parking lot instruction would have been smarter....
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: During your Week 2, high estrogen had you preferring excitement and socializing to hanging out at home. In Week 3, things change a bit: You're probably now going to be looking forward to escaping the world and cocooning at home on the couch with a good book or in front of the TV. Why? As estrogen dips and progesterone rises, it puts you in a quieter state of mind.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: In Week 2, your confidence soared--sometimes to your detriment (see today's Hormone Horoscope for Week 2 gals). During your premenstrual Week 4, however, you may find that it's difficult to summon confidence when trying something new. The problem is plunging estrogen, which drags down levels of brain chemicals that make you self-assured. Try to overcome the impulse to beat yourself up or give up altogether when you don't get things right immediately--and remember it takes time for all of us to learn new stuff even on our best cycle days.