Your cervix is the grand entrance to your womb from your vagina. Your cervix position can give you intel on two very important issues:
- Where you’re at in your menstrual cycle
- If you’re pregnant
How does that happen?
As it turns out, your cervix comes with a built-in vetting system. It allows semen in and blood and mucus out. Your cervix also helps out with fertilization by producing a special mucus that helps sperm move into your fallopian tube and stick around for a few days to wait for the egg. It also dilates (opens) and effaces (softens) when you give birth.
All in all, it’s a pretty key body part. Getting to know it can give you insight into what’s happening in your body.
Cervix before period vs pregnant
What does cervix position mean?
In short, the position of your cervix tells you whether your body is interested in inviting sperm to its party. Sometimes it’s open for business, sometimes it’s not.
Estrogen is the hormone in charge of your menstrual cycle. As it goes up and down, so too does your cervix position and texture.
It goes a little something like this:
- Cervix position during ovulation: It is high, moist, soft, and open. This is the time you are most likely to conceive.
- Cervix position before period: your cervix is low and hard. When your period starts, it will open slightly to let blood out. Once your period finishes, it stays low but closes up until you ovulate again.
- Cervix position after ovulation if pregnant. You will have a high cervix when you’re pregnant, and it will be soft and closed—until birth when things really open up.
(Quick note: Checking your cervix position is not a conclusive method when it comes to knowing whether you’re pregnant. Nothing beats taking a test and visiting your doctor.)
Can you touch your cervix?
You can—and, for some, this is a great way to get the information you need.
(Note that it doesn’t work for everyone. Your cervix is quite deep in your body and not everyone is able to feel it, particularly when it’s in a high position. Also, if you currently have an infection of any sort, it’s best to keep your fingers away from that area.)
How to check your cervix position
If it feels right to you, use a clean middle finger (or whatever finger is easiest for you).
You’re checking for:
- Position (high or low)
- Openness (open or closed)
- Texture (hard or soft)
Here are some other tips that may help:
- If you can, start this adventure when you’re not ovulating. Because you don’t have a high cervix at this point, it might be easier to feel.
- Try to check your cervix position regularly (every few days) so that you can start to identify changes.
- Being sexually aroused can also have an impact, moving your cervix up and frontwards. So, if you’re wanting to check your cervix position, before and after sex are not the best times as things may have shifted around a bit.
How does your cervix feel in early pregnancy?
During early pregnancy, your body takes an all-hands-on-deck approach and increases blood flow significantly—usually by about 40%. This provides tremendous support for your uterus so that it can perform the job it has to do.
Learn more: Your Cervix in Early Pregnancy
One of the things this increased blood flow does is change the texture of your cervix. Think out with the hard candy and in with the gooey marshmallow.
Another amazing thing your cervix does when you’re pregnant? It creates a mucus plug to protect your baby inside the womb. When it comes time to give birth, you will lose that plug, whether you give birth vaginally or by c section.
Who would have thought there was so much to know about this little awesome little portal? Happy exploring.