Four Weeks Magazine
is made up of four "mini-magazines"—Week
1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4. Each mini-magazine corresponds to the
four weeks in your monthly hormone cycle.
Wondering which week
you're on in your cycle? Here's an easy guide:
Week 1: Starts on Day
1, which is the
first day of your period, and lasts till Day 7.
Week 2: Starts on
Day 8 and lasts till Day 13, or the day before ovulation.
Week 3: Starts on
Day 14, or the day of ovulation, and lasts till Day 22. (Scroll down
to find out how to determine when you ovulate—it's
Week 4: Starts on
Day 23 and lasts till Day 28, or the end of your cycle.
You can read Four
Weeks Magazine in sync with your cycle—for
instance, you can read the Week 1 mini-magazine during Week 1 of
your cycle. Or you can read the whole magazine at once to get tips
for weeks to come.
Why is Four Weeks
Magazine set up like this? Because your hormones have a
different effect on you each week of your cycle. They may make you
upbeat and energetic, tired and introspective or somewhere in between.
This means that your
desires and needs change from week to week, too. So we've created
the first magazine that offers tips, recommendations and advice
tailored to meet your needs as they change throughout the month.
Want to know how your moods
change from week to week based on your hormones? Here's a quick
Week 1 mood: Fun
During this week, rising estrogen boosts your optimism and sense
of humor, and makes you want to feel like a kid again. Yet, this
hormone is still relatively low, which makes you less adventurous
and more comfortable with fun activities that are already familiar
Week 2 mood:
Exciting and exotic
During this week, peaking estrogen and testosterone have you craving
excitement and new discoveries. You're also feeling more energetic,
competitive, ambitious and are confident that you can take over the world—or
at least tackle that black hole of a closet once and for all.
Cautious and caring
this week, your desire to feel safe and nurture is heightened thanks
to a combination of rising progesterone, the "Mothering" hormone,
and dipping estrogen and testosterone. Sedating progesterone also
has you feeling mellower and quieter than the past two weeks.
Week 4 mood:
Indulgent and introspective
Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone plunge
during this premenstrual week, which makes you a tad more
emotionally sensitive, increases your aches and pains and decreases your level of
the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, which may result in a bit of
the blues at times. As a result, you're in the
mood to be indulged and are more apt to be analyzing the challenges in your
About Four Weeks Magazine
Weeks Magazine is published and edited by Gabrielle Lichterman,
the founder of Hormonology, the Hormone Horoscope. The principles
that guide the magazine were established in Gabrielle's groundbreaking book
28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods, and
Potential, which was named one of the "Top 10 Women's Health
Books of 2005" by
Gabrielle is also a nationally-known women’s health
journalist, whose articles have appeared in many top magazines
including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire,
Woman's World and Vibe.
In addition, Gabrielle is the former managing editor of Playgirl magazine and
former editor of WebMD’s electronic health newsletters. You can read more about
How can you
tell when you're ovulating?
The second half of a woman's hormone cycle begins at
ovulation. There are several easy methods you can use to figure out when you've ovulated:
Use a basal thermometer. Take your
temperature before getting out of bed in the
morning. When your temperature rises .5 to 1
degree, it indicates that you’re ovulating.
Use a fertility detector microscope.
These handy lipstick-sized mini-microscopes
measure the amount of salt in your saliva.
When your salt peaks, so does your estrogen,
which means it's Day 13 in your cycle, or
the day before you ovulate. (Ovulation
Scope, use the coupon code 2828 to get it for the discounted
price of $19.95,
Check vaginal secretions. When your
secretions are thin and watery, you're at or
Feel for a cramp. About 1 in 4 women feel a sharp pinch when they
ovulate and may see a spot or two of blood
in their discharge,
which is normal.