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Your cervix is incredibly responsive to every reproductive movement your body makes and pregnancy is no different. First things first, what is your cervix? It is the tube-like structure that connects your uterus to your vagina. Sperms make their way down this passage to the cervical opening to kickstart conception. Let us take an in-depth look at how this delicate and highly responsive body part is at every point in your progress.
Cervix Position during Menstruation Cycle
As mentioned above, the cervical position is quite different throughout your cycle. When menstrual bleeding commences, it is lower and open to facilitate easier bleeding during your period and it is quite hard. Once the period is over, it will remain low and hard till ovulation while the opening to the uterus remains closed.
Cervix Position during Ovulation
Once ovulation starts to approach, your cervix climbs high, grows softer and moistens. This is to encourage conception and the sperm to gain easy access to your uterus and then the egg. The opening is quite inviting and so incredibly soft that it seems to become a part of the vaginal walls. Once ovulation is over, it will rise back up, grow hard and close the uterine opening again.
Cervix Position at Conception and in Early Pregnancy
The ideal position for conception is during ovulation when it is high, soft and open. This is the ideal time to have sex to conceive. Once you have conceived, early pregnancy will find your cervix is high, soft and closed. Your mucous plug will develop to protect the uterus as it prepares for pregnancy and the baby develops. The rest of the time, this mucous is relatively thin and colourless. When it starts to become a plug, it grows thick and could be white. This is a big indicator of pregnancy as it is to stop anything from entering the uterus and protect you and the baby’s environment from infection and other negative elements. This varies from woman to woman as you can feel this change later or earlier than others.
Can Cervix Position in Early Pregnancy Be Misleading?
Yes, of course. Your cervix position could be emulating pregnancy when you are not, in fact, pregnant or it is more likely not displaying pregnancy when you are indeed, pregnant. It takes a while for some women’s bodies to change in accordance with their pregnancy while others will feel it right away.
During other points in your menstrual cycle, your cervix will climb and be soft. But, it will not be as high or soft as when you are pregnant. A non-pregnant cervix will not be as soft as a pregnant one and will feel like an unripe fruit at times. A pregnant cervix is soft because it is swollen with blood due to an increased amount of estrogen in your body. As you can see, it is quite a relative distinction and varies from woman to woman. If you do not see the signs of pregnancy in your cervix, give it time and try checking with a doctor or a home pregnancy test. Your body is unique and as a consequence, this means of checking for pregnancy is not reliable.
How to Check your Cervical Position?
Your cervix is generally 3 to 6 inches inside your vagina and will feel a bit like a donut, the kind with a hole, though this differs based on the point in your cycle. Your cervical position before period vs early pregnancy will make even this vastly different to feel as mentioned above. These are steps you can take to check your cervix position after ovulation if pregnant.
1. Wash your hands
Ensure your hands are very clean to avoid transmitting bacteria to this sensitive area. The best time is after a shower.
2. Cut your fingernails
Avoid long fingernails as this can cause injury.
3. Position yourself
Squat and insert your longest finger into your vagina.
4. Know how far to insert
You may have to go a few inches to find your cervix based on the time of the month.
Through all of this, you must note that this is not a reliable means to check for pregnancy. Yes, it is a popular DIY way to check if you are going to get good news or not. It is nice to think you can take your fertility into your own hands and can reliably have sex to conceive or not. It is quite an interesting way to get to know your body and really learn what this unique body part is all about.
Do not be disappointed if it seems to state you are not pregnant as it takes a while to display pregnancy. You may even get a positive pregnancy test before your cervix moves into position. You may not be pregnant but it could be soft and high based on the point in your cycle. Your cervix may not even like the intrusion of your finger and give you false results. All in all, if you truly want a firm and satisfactory answer, visit your doctor or take a blood test. The latter is the one truly conclusive way to detect pregnancy.