Cervical Position

Last Updated: May 20, 2019

Definition - What does Cervical Position mean?

The position of the cervix changes in conjunction with a woman’s monthly cycle. By monitoring the movements of the cervix, it is possible to identify when ovulation is occurring. Awareness of the body’s natural cycle can assist in increasing or decreasing a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant.

FertilitySmarts explains Cervical Position

A woman can examine her cervix independently, at home. In order to evaluate the cervix, a woman must be comfortable accessing it with her fingers, through her vagina. Prior to attempting, it is recommended women wash hands carefully and trim their nails. The most effective positions are squatting or with one leg up resting on a stool or chair. The way the cervix feels indicates the stage of fertility a woman is experiencing.

  • During menstruation: the cervix should feel like the tip of a nose. It will be hard, low, and partially open to allow for the blood flow.
  • After menstruation: the cervix will feel similar to during menstruation, however, the uterine hole will be closed.
  • Approaching ovulation: the cervix will begin to soften, feeling similar to lips. The uterus is open, allowing for the passage of sperm. As ovulation approaches, the softer it becomes, eventually becoming indistinguishable from the vaginal walls.
  • After ovulation: after ovulation has occurred, the cervix begins to harden, and the opening closes.

The most effective way to use cervical positions in fertility monitoring is to regularly check the cervix and become familiar with its patterns.

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