cervix position

Cervix position and your fertile window

What and where is your cervix?

The cervix is part of the uterus. It is the neck of the uterus and it opens into the vagina. In your fertile window, the mucus plug in the cervix that prevents sperm going up into your uterus breaks down to allow sperm through for fertilization of your egg.

Your cervix position during ovulation

When you are ovulating, in your fertile window, the cervix is high up in your vagina. Yes, your cervix actually changes its position during ovulation and different parts of your menstrual cycle. During menstruation the uterus is low in the vagina. During ovulation it is at its highest point and difficult to feel. The change in position of the cervix is in response to hormones that our body secretes.

As soft as lips

Not only does our cervix change position, it also changes in texture. Around ovulation the cervix is soft and supple, yet around our period it is harder. It is like comparing the tip of your nose to your lips. The tip of our nose is firm, and our lips are soft. Feel for the difference and that gives you an indication of the difference of your cervix.

Open sesame

There are also changes to the opening of our cervix during our cycle. The opening of the cervix is called the cervical ‘os’. During menstruation is opens to allow the discharge of menstrual blood. After menstruation, it closes to prevent infections entering the body through the vagina. The other time the cervical os is open during our cycle is during ovulation. The cervical mucus, produced by the glands in the cervix changes according to the different stages of the cycle and before ovulation the cervix secretes mucus that helps sperm enter through the os of our cervix.

Cycle stagePositionTextureOpening
OvulationVery highSoftOpen
Changes in position and texture of the cervix

This table shows the changes we find during the different times of our cycle.

What we are looking for during ovulation is a cervix that is high, soft and open. Another sign, and this has to do with the ovulation or fertility mucus is a feeling of wetness. We will look at this in a different article.

It takes time to get the hang of the differences, and by checking your cervix over a number of cycles you will be able to pick up the difference in the positioning and feel of the cervix. Together with tracking you BBT, and mucus this can give you a good indication of when your body is fertile.

How to check the position of your cervix

  1. Wash your hands every time before checking the position of your cervix.
  2. Find a comfortable position – this may be squatting, sitting, standing with a leg up or lying down
  3. Insert 2 fingers into your vagina and feel for the top of the vagina where the cervix is

 As you get use to checking your cervix you will be able to start distinguishing the different positions and the different texture of the cervix.

If you become pregnant, the cervix still rises high, however it remains soft and doesn’t harden.

Checking the position and texture of your cervix is one step in charting your cycle. It is not something you have to do. Sometimes getting to know your body and its changes gives your better understanding about your body and when you are fertile. Women ovulate at different times, some earlier in their cycle, some later in their cycle. If you are ovulating around day 17 and stop having sex around day 14, you could be missing your fertile window.

BBT charting, understanding your cervical mucus and the position of your cervix together are great tools to understand your menstrual cycle and know your fertile window.

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