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You already know the crappy side effects of your period: Those sudden PMS urges to devour Ring Dings and strangle incompetent cashiers come and go like clockwork. But with a little planning, you can harness hormonal ups and downs to your advantage. Witchcraft? No, Science! During certain stages of your cycle, researchers have found that we have an especially easy time communicating, canoodling, even burning calories. Based on the average 28-day cycle (everyones a little different), heres how to surf the crimson tide instead of cursing it.
Days 1 to 10 - It All Starts Here
In your mind, the start of your period probably signals the end of the month, but from now on, label it the start of your cycle. In the first few days of bleeding, estrogen and progesterone levels hit rock bottom. Nows the perfect time to:
Grab the Wheel
Scientists don't know exactly why, but lower estrogen levels give women an edge in what researchers call male cognitive skills, such as spatial thinking. We thought said researchers were just sexist jerks until we saw the slew of studies proving that guys really are superior at rotating three-dimensional objects in their heads and keeping track of north and south. But during this 10-day window, were better than usual at both -- which means you'll have no trouble cramming a ton of camping gear into a tiny trunk or figuring out how to get back on the highway after that wrong turn in Poughkeepsie.