Throughout every month, your cervical changes its position and texture. This is caused by hormones in your body that signal ovulation and your menstrual cycle. If you are trying to get pregnant or want to avoid pregnancy, you can track your fertility using the position of your cervix. At the very least, learning how to feel your cervix will give you a better understanding of your reproductive system, and you do not need any special tools to feel your cervix.
Locating Your Cervix
Your cervix is located in the lower part of your uterus. It is at the point where the uterus connects to the vaginal wall. If you are looking for your cervix, you will find it about three to six inches within your vagina toward the very back. It is shaped like a finger pointing outward from your vagina. In the center, it has a hole for vaginal fluid or menstrual fluid to be secreted. Throughout each month, the cervical position will change depending on where you are in the ovulation cycle. The color and texture of your vaginal mucus will also change during the cycle, and these fluids are secreted through the inner canal of the cervix.
How to Feel Your Cervix
Your vagina has a carefully regulated pH. Vaginal fluid helps your vagina to maintain a pH that is ideal for sperm mobility, but limits bacteria growth. If you introduce harmful bacteria into your vagina, it can cause a yeast infection or another type of vaginal infection. To prevent this from happening, it is important that you wash your hands before you try to feel your cervix.
Start by using soap and warm water to thoroughly clean your hands. You do not want to have any hand cream or lotion on your hands because these products can end up causing a vaginal infection by messing with the pH in your reproductive system. Wash your hands completely clean to prevent bacteria from being transferred into your vagina.
If you have long nails, you may need to trim them before finding your cervix. Long nails can scratch your vagina and cause slight bleeding, so make sure to exercise caution.
Getting in the Right Position to Feel Your Cervix
Ideally, you want to find the most comfortable position for feeling your cervix. You want to use the same position every time because changing your position can change the depth of your cervix. Many women find that the most comfortable position is sitting down on the edge of their bed or a chair so that they can access their cervix comfortably.
Once you have achieved a comfortable position, you are ready to located your cervix. Insert your longest finger into your vagina and gently reach backward into the farthest reaches of the cavity. Your cervix may be closer or further away from the opening of your vagina depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. It may take several inches before you can feel your cervix.
To make this experience more comfortable, you may want to use a water-based lubricant so that your fingers can glide more smoothly toward your cervix. You never want to use any lotion or product that is not specifically designed for your vagina, or it could lead to an infection.
Using your finger, try to locate your cervix. The tip of your finger should touch a finger-like protrusion with a hole at the tip. If your finger cannot reach any further back, then you have found your cervix. Depending on whether you are ovulating or not, your cervix may feel like the tip of your nose or soft like your lips.
How Do You Know When You Are Ovulating?
If your cervix is in a low position, then it is only a few inches away from your vaginal opening. When it is in a low position, it means that you are most likely not ovulating. If your cervix is in a high position, you may be ovulating. A high position is toward the deepest part of your vagina.
You will also want to to decide if your cervix is firm or soft. A soft cervix that easily gives is a sign of ovulation. A tight, firm and closed cervix signals that you are most likely not ovulating. Before and after ovulation, your cervix is more likely to feel like the tip of your nose. If you are ovulating, it may feel more like a pair of pursed lips.
When you first try to feel your cervix, it may be difficult to tell if it is in a low or high position. Feel your cervix each day for several months so that you become used to the changes that it undergoes throughout your cycle. Before long, you will become accustomed to the changes that your body goes through and will be able to tell the difference between a high or low cervix.