One of the easiest ways to become more familiar with when you ovulate and your menstrual cycle is by checking the position of your cervix. Throughout your menstrual cycle, your cervix will regularly change position. A low, soft closed cervix means that you are at a different time in your cycle than a high, hard cervix. By learning about these changes, you can track when you will ovulate and when your menstrual cycle is about to begin.
How to Check Your Cervical Position
The first step is to always wash your hands. You do not want to unintentionally cause an infection like a yeast infection when you are checking your cervix. Next, try to find a comfortable position. Some women find that they can check their cervix while sitting on the toilet, while others use the bathtub to prop up one leg.
Once you have found a comfortable position, the next step is to slide your middle finger into your vagina gently. The cervix will generally be about three to six inches back in your vagina. Cervical mucus may be felt, and this is completely normal. In addition to changes in your cervical position, you may also spot changes in your cervical mucus throughout the month.
To gain a better understanding of your your cervical position changes throughout the month, try to check it every day when you are not on your period. Make sure to empty your bladder before checking it at the same time of day. You should also use the same physical position when you check your cervix because your body position can change where your cervix is in your vagina.
What Does It Mean to Have a Low, Soft, Closed Cervix?
If your cervix is lower, this could mean a number of things. The cervix “ripens” or becomes softer when you are pregnant, so this could be a cause. It is also softer toward the end of your ovulation cycle. During ovulation, your cervix will normally become low, soft and closed. There may also be extra vaginal discharge at this time because your cervix needs the right discharge to help sperm reach the egg. If you are ovulating, the cervix will be slightly open to let the sperm in.
When your cervix is high and hard, your body has not ovulated yet. A low, soft cervix means that you are just starting ovulation and are ready to become pregnant. While most women experience these changes every month, it can vary from woman to woman. Over the course of a few months, write down your cervical position throughout the month so that you can learn what different positions mean for your unique physical chemistry.
Cervical Position Meanings
To make it easier for you to spot position changes, we will write out the most common cervical position schedule during the average menstrual cycle.
Menstruation: During menstruation, your cervix will typically be low, firm and slightly open.
Your Period Ends: Right after your menstrual period ends, your cervix will normally become low, hard and closed.
Right Before Ovulation: When ovulation is just starting, your cervix may become high, soft and closed.
Ovulation: When you are at your peak level of fertility, your cervix will be high, extremely soft and open.
Right After Ovulation: At this time, your cervix will become low, firm and closed.
Pregnancy: If you are pregnant, then your cervix will most likely be high, soft and closed.
How Can You Tell When You Are Ovulating?
If you are trying to become pregnant, tracking your cervical position will help. You can also use your menstrual cycle calendar to tell when you are most likely to ovulate. There are over-the-counter ovulation predictor kits that can spot hormonal changes in your body. Physical signs like breast changes or mood swings can also help you to tell when you are ovulating.