Cervix Position and Menstruation

The position of your cervix changes depending where in your monthly cycles you currently are.  The combination of cervix position and the amount and consistency of your cervical mucus can help you pinpoint when you are most fertile during the month.

During menstruation, your cervix will descend to a low level. You can feel how firm your cervix is by inserting your middle finger into your vagina, as it is the longest.  Make sure that your hands are sanitized and clean beforehand. Your cervix should feel firm – much like the tip of your nose.


Cervix Position and Ovulation

When you are ovulating, your cervix will rise up and its texture will be softer – similar to your lips. Your cervix will also be open to allow sperm in and will be moister than before.

Your cervix will dip lower and become firmer again after you have ovulated. The cervix opening will be closed.   The amount of time it takes for the cervix make this change varies from woman to woman.   The time frame can  range from almost immediately to a couple of days after you have ovulated.


The Position Your Cervix at Conception and During Early Pregnancy

If you have been lucky and conceived this cycle, your cervix should rise up again and feel soft. The difference here is that the opening to your cervix will remain closed.   Unfortunately, when this happens will vary.   For some women, it can happen within 12 hours ovulating.  For other women, it may not happen until long after you have received a positive pregnancy test.

If you are pregnant, your cervix position will rise higher into your vagina but not as high as it would if you were not pregnant.   During these early weeks, your cervix will feel soft; whereas a non-pregnant cervix will feel similar to a fruit that has not quite ripened all the way. The cervix is soft in pregnancy because it literally becomes swollen with blood.

The key point here is to remember that even though your cervix will rise naturally when you are pregnant, the timing of this rise is unpredictable. Every woman is unique and you may be experiencing a low cervix in early pregnancy simply because your body is taking a bit longer to adjust. There are many cases in which a woman’s cervix hasn’t risen in her first month of being pregnant. If you are one of them, stay positive and remember that your body may just need a few more days to adjust to being pregnant. If you are concerned for any reason then, by all means, you should consult with your doctor or OB/GYN.

Due to the unpredictable natural timing of the change of your cervix, you should not rely on the position of your cervix as an indication of a successful conception.