The Upside to Her Hormones

As her cycle shifts, so does her mood. That can mean good news for you.


December 4, 2009
By Stacey Grenrock Woods

There is truth to that “idea,” and with the help of a simple Gregorian desk calendar or moondial, you can harness the power of the cycle to attain the menstrual edge you’ve been missing.

In the middle of the cycle, around day 14 (with day one being the first day of her period), a woman starts to ovulate. It is at this time that she is most fertile. It’s also at this time that some women, explains Susan Rako, M.D., a psychiatrist and author of The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause, “are the most… randy.” Doctor, your language! Allow me to translate: As it happens in the animal kingdom, females become more receptive to romantic solicitation during their most fertile phase, and human women are no exception. Many display behavior to this effect. A recent issue of Hormones and Behavior (the regular one, not Hormones and Behavior Décor) published a study that showed most women even dress better during ovulation. Also, “they are more relationship centered,” says Genie James, executive director of the Natural Hormone Institute of America and coauthor of the upcoming book In the Mood Again. “For instance, they are more willing to pack their husband’s or lover’s lunch or fold the socks, out of love rather than feeling subservient or put-upon.”


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.