Charting Cervix Positionby Katlyn Joy
While you may be familiar with basal body temperature charting while trying to conceive, and perhaps charting cervical mucus as well, many ignore the cervix itself. However, understanding the position and texture of the cervix can provide clues as to where in the cycle you are.
The cervix is located as a sort of flexible door between the uterus and the vagina. It is the cervix that is measured during labor as being dilated. However, labor is not the only time that the cervix undergoes changes.
After your period, your cervix will become more dry, rather lumpy and closed and closer to ovulation it will seem lower, softer and wetter.
What the Cervix Feels Like
- For women who have never been pregnant, the opening will be circular and pore-like.
- For women who have given birth, the opening to the cervix will be slit-like and more wide than before.
- During ovulation it will be fuller and softer feeling, sort of similar to your lips.
- When not near ovulation, it will be firmer and more like feeling the tip of your nose.
- Generally, the cervix feels like ball with an indentation in it.
Examining Your Cervix
- Aim for checking at the same time each day to be consistent.
- The best positions are either squatting or standing with one leg on the toilet.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before checking the cervix.
- Insert your index finger into your finger and feel around especially towards the upper part of the vagina and towards the front.
- Determine if it feels high or low.
- Check for the texture. Is it firm or soft?
- Check for moisture. Is it dry or wet?
- Does the cervix seem open or more closed?
- Is the cervix tilted or straight?
Some women have a more difficult time finding their cervix. If you are having problems, try pushing down on your tummy just above the pubic bone with one hand while checking with the other hand's index finger. This helps lower the uterus out of the way. Check your nails short if you are going to be manually checking the cervix position. Plan on checking the cervix for at least a couple complete cycles before understanding the changes normal for you and your cervix.
Consider using a fertility chart to write down your observations about the cervical position. This typically will also include your basal body temperature and the cervical mucus observations. Together these observations and data will provide a more accurate portrait of your cycles and fertility stages.
It's crucial that you be consistent in both your timing and method when completing a fertility chart. If you skip days, don't keep your methods the same, you will get an incomplete or inaccurate picture of what is happening with your body.
Talk to your physician about how to record observations and make observations about your cervix. Your doctor may be able to provide more helpful details in how to check your cervix and tell you about any potential problems or pitfalls. Ask to see any images that may give you a better idea of what a cervix looks like throughout a woman's monthly cycle.
For those who have had cervical surgeries or cancer, or women taking certain medications such as fertility drugs may not have as reliable data in their observations. Ask your doctor if you have any special gynecological history or take medications to find out if this may alter your fertility charting including noting the position of the cervix.
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