Hormone Horoscope for Saturday, April 25, 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: If it's the first half of your Week 1, low estrogen coupled with energy-depleting menstruation may have you wanting to continue soothing yourself in the same ways you did during your premenstrual Week 4, for instance, by indulging in cake, chips and other "naughty" foods, cocooning on the couch and watching TV or buying yourself little items, like nail polish or a video games, that you don't need but that perk up your mood. However, by the time estrogen reaches a higher level in the second half of your Week 2, you'll likely feel a whoosh of energy, confidence and vitality that make you want to plunge head-first into your life, projects, relationships and/or work, leaving all those self-soothing behaviors behind.
> WEEK TWO: Day 8 to Day 14 or ovulation (how to tell if you're ovulating)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak: All throughout Week 2, high estrogen is intensifying the pleasure you get from positive experiences by prompting a higher output of feel-good brain chemicals every time you do something you enjoy. (That's like getting two scoops of your favorite ice cream, then being given a freshly-baked, still warm gooey brownie to pair them with!) So, if I were you, I would be sure to fit in a lot of pleasurable activities today, such as hanging out with your best buds, seeing a new movie, going for a run, eating a delicious meal, shopping or smooching!
> WEEK THREE: Begins day after ovulation and lasts 8 days
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again: Sad news stories or negative experiences are likely to make you more upset today, for instance, you may shed a few tears or dwell on the issue for a better part of the day. The problem is that lower levels of estrogen coupled with rising progesterone make you a bit more emotionally sensitive than you were during the first two weeks of your cycle. So, emotionally-charged events are resonating more with you.
> WEEK FOUR: Final 6 days of your cycle (Day 23 to 28 in a 28-day cycle)
Estrogen and progesterone plunge: If you read Week 2's Hormone Horoscope for today, you'll see that high estrogen is amplifying good feelings from pleasurable activities. Cue the envy: Throughout your Week 4, you'll notice the opposite effect--plunging estrogen is amplifying aches, pains and annoyances from unpleasurable experiences. That's because as estrogen descends, it lowers levels of feel-good brain chemicals. So, if I were you, I'd avoid unpleasurable experiences as much as possible, such as grocery shopping when the store is packed (so you avoid getting bumped by some oblivious jerk's cart), talking with that frenemy at work (who still thinks you haven't caught on that she's just pretending to be nice) and ordering something unusual at a restaurant just because the waitress says it's delicious (she's probably just saving the good stuff for herself!).

How do your toilet habits change from week to week in your cycle?

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You would be surprised by how many emails I get from women sharing the intimate details of their potty habits across their cycle. From constipation and diarrhea to the shape, size, color and... well, I'll just leave it to your imagination. So, … [Continue reading]