FAQ

How can I participate?

When am I fertile?

Can I get pregnant while I am having my period?

What does a pregnant cervix look and feel like?

Can I use these photos in my project/book/report/etc?

How can I see my own cervix?

Where do I get a speculum?

How do I clean my speculum?

What is Cervical Scarring?

Can Fertility Awareness Methods Help Me Get Pregnant?

 

How can I participate?

I am constantly looking for volunteers who are willing to replicate this project on their own.  All you need is a speculum, flashlight, and a camera and a little bit of willingness, commitment, and patience!   It is an empowering and life-changing experience to get to intimate with your body’s cycles.

Please visit the Participate Page for more information.

When am I fertile?

Please read the Your Cycle page for more detailed information and an overview of fertility patterns as they relate to your cycle.

In general, a woman is fertile when she has any or all of the symptoms of fertility: fertile quality cervical fluid, a wet sensation in her vulva, and/or when her cervical os is open and high in her vagina.  If any of these symptoms are occurring, the woman is considered fertile until three days of having none of those symptoms.

I highly recommend that all women read a book about their cycles- even if they are not using it as a method of birth control.  I recommend Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wechsler or Honoring Our Cycles by Katie Singer.  Check out other great books, websites, and products on the Resources Page.

 

Can I get pregnant while I am having my period?

Yes, it is a possibility, but the detailed answer to this question is different for all women.  Remember that the amount of days from the beginning of a woman’s period to ovulation is variable (this is called the follicular phase and the number of days can be widely different between women and also can vary from cycle to cycle for the same woman).  Getting pregnant while on your period is a possibility because sperm can live in the vagina/cervix in fertile cervical fluid for up to 5 days.  In a short menstrual cycle or a cycle with a long bleeding phase, the blood from your period can mask the simultaneous release of fertile cervical fluid, so you might not even notice typical fertility signals.  If sperm are present, they may remain alive in the fertile mucous until the egg is released during ovulation.

However, once a woman has begun tracking her cycle regularly, she may find that her fertility signals (fertile quality cervical mucous, wet vulva, high soft open os) never correspond with her period and that she always has a few non-fertile days between the end of her period and her fertile phase.  In this case, the woman may consider herself not fertile during her period.  I do not advise that you make the assumption that you are infertile during your period unless you have been accurately charting your cycles and determining your own body’s rhythms for at least 4 months.

Please refer to the Your Cycle page for more information.

What does a pregnant cervix look and feel like?

During pregnancy, the cervix will rise a bit and become softer feeling and puffier looking, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman and thus makes it difficult to diagnose pregnancy just from examining the cervix.  For some women, they will notice this shift shortly before their period is due (since normally, their cervix feels low and harder at this point in the cycle), but for others, this shift in cervical position will not happen until quite a while after their pregnancy has been confirmed.

During pregnancy, about half of women will experience that their cervices take on a blue/purple tint as blood flow to the area increases.  The os may appear more open. 

Women may notice an increased cervical discharge when they are pregnant. Leukorrhea is a whitish colored vaginal discharge that women often see during pregnancy. The higher levels of estrogen produced during pregnancy cause the cervical glands to secrete more cervical fluid. It may become more noticeable as a woman gets further along in her pregnancy and is most common in the third trimester. However, some women may notice leukorrhea in early pregnancy.

 

Can I use these photos in my project/book/report/etc?

Most likely, yes.  However, I ask that you please contact me to ask permission so I can keep track of where and how these images are being used.  I ask that people make a donation to the project to honor the value of this work and to support the evolution of this project.  I usually respond within a few weeks.

 

How can I see my own cervix?

I encourage you to ask your gynecologist, midwife, or health practitioner to let you see your cervix during your next gynecological exam.  You may want to bring your own hand mirror, though many clinics have them available.

If you are at home, assume a semi-reclined position, with your sacrum on a flat surface and your knees open, heels together.  It is helpful to first insert your finger into your vagina and feel the location of your cervix (will feel like a little nub protruding into your vagina and may be as hard as the tip of your nose or as soft as puckered lips and will likely be 3-6 inches inside your vagina).  Insert the speculum (handles up) into the vagina, aiming for the general location you just discovered with your finger; using a lubricant may help it slide in easily.  Press the handles together to open the mouth of the speculum until you hear a ‘click,’ which indicates it is locked and will remain open.  Hold the hand mirror between your legs while the speculum is inserted and angle it so you can see the inside of your vagina.  Shine a flashlight at the mirror so it reflects off of it and illuminates your vagina.  Hopefully the cervix (looking like a little wet pink doughnut) at the back wall of the vagina will be visible.  Cervices are not always mid-line, so if you cannot see it right away, you may need to angle the speculum differently, pull it out a little, or reinsert it at a different angle.

If you are a visual learner, please watch this movie on how to photograph your cervix.

 

Where do I get a speculum?

If your practitioner uses disposable plastic speculums, you can ask her/him to take it home after the exam and keep it to use by yourself later.

If you’d like to see your cervix in the privacy of your own home, you can purchase a speculum kit here.

I will soon be teaching empowering Womb Wisdom workshops, which include learning self-exam.


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How do I clean my speculum?

The vagina is not a sterile environment; it naturally contains a balance of many strains of micro-organisms (also called vaginal flora).  However, it is best to minimize introducing unwanted bacteria into it via an unclean speculum. So, please wash your speculum well with (antibacterial) soap and hot water before and after each use.  If you have a metal speculum, you might want to sterilize it in boiling water (though this is not guaranteed to kill all bacteria).  Boiling a plastic speculum will melt it.  Don’t share your speculum with others.

What is Cervical Scarring?

A scar is the body’s natural response to injury; fibrous tissue grows at the wound site to repair softer tissue. Even our cervices can grow scar tissue. Some women make more scar tissue than others and there isn’t a way to predict who will grow scar tissue and who won’t. Cervical scarring may affect fertility, pregnancy and labor.

 What can cause cervical scarring?

  • Cone and punch biopsies – removal of abnormal cervical tissue
  • Cryosurgery – freezing of cervical tissue to treat cervicitis or cervical dysplasia
  •  LEEP and LLETZ procedures – tissue removal by wire loop that cauterizes site
  • Dilation and Curettage (D & C) – dilating cervix and scraping or suctioning out contents of uterus after miscarriage or as abortion
  • Cervical tears during childbirth – related to manual dilation, premature pushing or an exceptionally large fetal head or shoulders
  • Some sexually transmitted infections or untreated bacterial or viral infections of the cervix
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Asherman’s syndrome 

How does having cervical scar tissue affect me?
Cervical scarring can slow, stall or prevent dilation during labor. Contrastingly, it can cause incompetent cervix, premature labor, or need for cerclage. Rarely, it may cause cervical stenosis if the endocervical canal becomes obstructed or narrowed blocking the flow of menstrual fluid or the entrance of semen.

What does scarring feel like?
Reach a clean finger into your vagina and get familiar with your cervix. It is normal for the cervix to feel harder during certain times of the month and softer near ovulation. Scar tissue may feel thicker, denser or lumpier than the surrounding tissue of the cervix. 

What can I do if I have scarring?

  • Cervical Self-Massage (for non- pregnant women) – Use your finger to apply firm pressure or small circular strokes to your cervix. Consider Evening Primrose Oil as a lubricant since it has natural prostaglandins that can soften the cervix. Take deep breaths. You may actually feel the adhesions breaking up under your fingers. Do as many sessions as needed.
  • Find a local massage therapist, sexilogical bodyworker, acupuncturist or midwife who is trained to help women release scar tissue via internal massage, such as myofascial release technique.
  • If pregnant, ask your midwife or doctor about scar tissue massage during late pregnancy – based on your history and risk factors, she may advise for or against softening the tissue before labor begins. Ask her about taking Evening Primrose Oil orally or as a vaginal suppository in the last weeks of pregnancy. 
  • Ask your doctor or midwife to massage your scar tissue when they check your dilation during labor especially if your dilation stalls – often it will release allowing complete dilation. This may increase your chances of having a vaginal birth. 

Please remember that many women who have these common procedures or infections do not have issues with cervical scarring. Also, many times, once the scar tissue is broken up, it will not return and subsequent pregnancies and dilation may progress smoothly.

 

Can Fertility Awareness Methods Help Me Get Pregnant?

Yes, absolutely!  Recall that Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) involve charting observable fertility signs (changes in cervical fluid, basal body temperature, and cervical texture and position) as a way of determining a women’s cyclical fertility. 

FAM as Birth Control
Using both basal body temperature and cervical fluid charting, FAM can be used to prevent pregnancy, and if used properly, has a method failure rate of about 2%.  That means that if 100 couples exclusively use FAM for an entire year, only 2 of them would get pregnant within that year; these odds are similar to many birth control pills.  Women practicing FAM for birth control avoid intercourse or genital contact with men during their fertile time.   Some use barrier methods, like condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps during their fertile window, but this reduces the efficacy of the method.   FAM is particularly appealing to women who are wary of or react to hormonal contraception or barrier methods (i.e latex or spermicide sensitivity) or who don’t use contraceptives for religious beliefs.  FAM does not provide protection from sexually transmitted diseases, so is usually recommended as primary birth control only for monogamous couples.

FAM as Overall Health Gauge
Daily charting will indicate the exact length of a woman’s luteal phase (number of days from ovulation to getting her period).  Typically 14 days long, a short luteal phase can indicates a hormonal imbalance and possibly insufficient progesterone to maintain a pregnancy.  Some women bleed monthly, but are not ovulating- called anovulatory cycles.  A woman who charts can confirm she is actually ovulating by noting an increase in her basal body temperature by a few tenths of a degree immediately post-ovulation, which should remain high until she begins her next period. 

TTC with FAM
When she actually begins trying to conceive, a woman used to charting using FAM will have accurate information about when she is fertile during each cycle, and can plan intercourse or insemination appropriately.  Unlike calendar methods, which predict current fertility based on past menstrual cycles, FAM uses current symptoms/fertility signs to gage fertility in present time.  If she notices 18 days of consecutive high basal body temperatures post ovulation, she can be assured that she is pregnant, even before some pregnancy tests may give her accurate results.  Also, she will likely know her exact conception day, which will be important later in determining her estimated due date (EDD), especially if she has irregular cycles.

66 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. Does Or can cervix protrude during late pregnancy? I am 35 weeks n when open up my vulva can see something protruding from the top of my vagina. This is my 3rd pregnancy. I had SPD with last so know my muscles are week n had a previous large baby. I went to the doctors yesterday as my vulva was swollen n sore n I was a little bit freaked out after my partner took a pic down there to see something visibly producing from my hole. My dr just examined me and said everything’s fine n nothing looks abnormal down there. Wish I’d have asked her what that is visibly on top of hole though?? It doesnt really resemble your pics?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Could it be your urethral sponge?

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    Marcy Reply:

    My doctor burned my cervic where I was told that there was no way I could get pregenant or if by chance I did I wouldn’t be able to carry it. Now I’m pregenant and I saw my doctor for the first time. I was told that it I may have to have tacked up in order for me the carry it full term. I will be having a C section. Do you have any advice?

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  2. Does baby come out through your cervix? I’m just confused now as have my hole n something protruding from top of my hole which I think could be my cervix? But if this is the case when I’m dilated how will cervix look? I assumed your womb cervix at the top of your vagina unvisible opened up n baby travelled out of your hole but now can see something protruding wondering whether that is actually where baby is gonna come out from n not hole that is below it? Obviously it’s all coming out my vagina just want to know which part?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Yes, the hole in the cervix is the opening to the uterus/womb, which is where the baby is when you are pregnant. The os (hole in the cervix) dilates/opens to 10 cm during labor and the baby passes through the cervix and into the vaginal canal and then is birthed through the vaginal opening.

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  3. Hi! My cervix should be low and hard when I am about to have my period??? I have heard so many different answers to this question and am really confused. I can reach my cervix and it feels kind of hard and i can feel the lines or grooves. Please help :)

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Yes, generally, the cervix is low in the vagina and hard/closed feeling right before menstruation.
    Remember the depth and hardness of your cervix are relative measurements– in relation to your own body at different times throughout the month. I recommend feeling your cervix everyday to notice the changes over time.

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  4. I understand my cervix very well and love it. I have to go to hospital shortly to have a vaginal repair a rectocele which is huge and has been for 30years however finally after many requests it is due to be repaired. However as I have an unusually long cervix (nothing wrong with it at all just that it appears to be a bit of a curiosity with medicos) the gyno has decided to give me a hysterectomy because it may prolapse later..my issue is that as there is nothing wrong with either my uterus or my cervix I see no reason to be put through extra pain and lose something that is fine. I feel it is just that they want it as something to study and teach students about as it is in a teaching hospital. I”m feeling very alone in all of this. Are there any reasons that you can think of why it would be necessary at old. I’m 55 fit as a fiddle and in good health.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Of course you want to keep your uterus! I encourage you to advocate for your body integrity (especially if there is no medical reason for it)….Check out the HERS Foundation…on the side effects of hysterectomy:
    http://www.hersfoundation.com/effects.html
    The whole website is great – full of info and community supportive of women and their uteri!

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  5. Is there in any way to move my period along quicker? The bleeding I mean. I’m not sexually active, so it’s not to that. I just have heavy periods and I tend to ruin more clothes the longer it lasts. Ive been drinking plenty of water, using a low temp heating pad on my abdomen, and eating pretty health and exercising. I feel SO INCREDIBLY stupid for asking this but can I suck the blood out? Would it damage my cervix or cause any other complications?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Some women do menstrual extraction ( suctioning out the contents of the uterus) if they have been doing cervical self exam and uterine size checks in groups for many months -check out the book “a new view of a woman’s body”(http://www.beautifulcervix.com/resources/) or google it for more info….but, I would recommend you contact a naturopath or Dr of Oriental Medicine or Ayurveda (a holistic dr) to help you regulate your heavy flow (it can be a sign of a few easy-to-remedy imbalances)

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    Abbey Reply:

    I find the menstural cup moon cup/ keeper / lina cup/ diva cup etc, is very good for getting it out quick and always see the difference of days when I use that verses the pads.

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  6. hi. i have two questions.
    1) i looked at the cervical pictures for the 25yr old’s entire cycle, and wheb the caption said it was closed, it still looked slightly open. if your cervix is closed, will you still feel that “dimple” where the opening is?
    2) i had a c-section for my first baby, i only dialted to 2cm before my surgery (it was planned). i’ve heard that after your first baby, your cervix will always be slightly open since it was stretched. does this only apply if you had a vaginal birth? thx so much! :)

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  7. I have a question, i am about 3 days late and we are ttc. I went to feel my cervix and it feels very swollen, different than before. I have been having cramps for about 3 weeks and my breasts are excruciating feeling. I don’t know if I am or not. I am almost nervous to try a test. what would you suggest?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    It doesn’t hurt to test….the cervix isn’t always the best indicator of pregnancy:
    http://www.beautifulcervix.com/faq/

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  8. I know that the cervix serves a function for pregnancy & delivery. For a woman who never has children, does the cervix serve any function in the body?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    The cervix is the entrance to the uterus and cervical fluid protects bacteria from entering the womb. Also, menstrual fluid is shed via the cervical os (hole) every month. Contractions of the uterus/cervix are felt in orgasm.

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  9. Hi I was wondering if I am pregnant, I know you can’t determine pregnancy with only your cervix but I don’t see why I still can’t ask this question. Usually my cervix is hard but yesterday when I felt it it was very soft and today I notice I was bleeding but I am not sure if this is my period or not because my period wasnt due until the 7th of may. What should I do??

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  10. How does the vagina stretch to accomodate a penis during sex? Where does the cervix go?

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    Dominique Reply:

    It doesn’t go anywhere, the penis hits it sometimes- if a woman says you’re going in too deep, it means she can feel you itting the cervix

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  11. Hi I have been experiencing a painful discomfort in what I can only imagine to be my cervix for the past 2 days. The discomfort is very similar to what I feel after I get a pap smear. The pain started 10 days after my period began. Could it just be from ovulation or should I be concerned it is something more serious? I also have some abdominal pain and soreness in my upper legs. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    It’d be best to check with your doc – I don’t diagnose on this site, so call your doc and let her know your symptoms. Mittleschmertz (pain/twinge at ovulation) pain is usually fleeting. Since its generalized, you doc might want to rule out PID …

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  12. I have 4 children (all vaginal births) ranging in age from 11mts to 5 1/2yrs and have made it my duty to get to know my body during that time… But I am confused by it lately so here’s my question! I had 1 seemingly normal period from 7 may then started old blood spotting 8dys ago apparently without ovulating as bbt is still low. Is it likely to be just from low progesterone (still breastfeeding) or should I see Dr for repeat pap smear as last one 5mths ago had ‘possible slight abnormality’?? At this point not too worried but 8days & counting of very scant old blood is unheard of for me.

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  13. Hey I have a question. I’m about ten days late for my period and still haven’t had it yet. Extremely crampy and I felt my cervix and it’s low and kinda have a ball feeling to it. I took birth control and then switched and not sure if the imbalance hormones is what’s making me not start. I don’t feel pregnant and don’t think I am. I’m still taking birth control and having a lot of stress in my life. Always been getting tingling sensation in my vagina like I’m going to start. Please help.?

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  14. Hey

    I’m 16 weeks pregnant. Since we started ttc I’ve been using this site for advice and for knowledge about the cervix. Shortly after I got pregnant I could feel my cervix changing and was sure I was pregnant before the test was positive!

    Now my cervix is starting to confuse me. The part I can feel is changing in both position and between feeling hard and soft.
    Some days I can feel 2 cm of it and its very hard. Then for about a week it very short – like 0,5 cm and soft. When its short I get very scared that it’s too short or soft for me to carry my child to term.

    Is it normal for the cervix to change like that? Is it really changing or is the rest just hidden inside?

    I went to my doctor – but he only had time to see me on one of the “long days”, so he didn’t seem concerned. When I told him that it changes often, he told me, that it is impossible.

    But when I feel the cervix I can also feel the back of the vagina, so its not because its out of my reach.
    Sometimes there is 2 cm from the beginning of the cervix to the back of the vagina and other times there’s only 0,5 cm or less..

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  15. Hello Im 21 and a virgin I was wondering is it time for me to go to a gyno I am always told that those that are sexually active should . Wouldn’t the pap smear test break my hymen ?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    I suggest you call your practitioner and ask them; depending on their protocols they may not even want to do a pap smear for non-sexually active women. But, they may want to see you to do routine health education (gyn and breast health) or to give birth control options. Also, just so you know, many virgins do not have intact hymens because the hymen can break/stretch in childhood with activity, falls, etc.

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  16. My periods are always normal, 29 day cycle. This last one was very very weird, I spotted for two days my third day was really heavy my cramps were really painful and at the end of the day my cramps would come and go every 2-5 mins very painful and then i was fine a little light headed but no pain and the 4th day the flow was like my normal flow on the first day. It was very weird and kinda worried me because it’s not normal for me.

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  17. My cervix hasnt closed since ovulation im now 5 days past ovulation and its still open have also been getting cramps is this normal?

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    Lilliputian Reply:

    I wish someone would reply. This is my current situation. My last period was about 5 days late and was excruciating. I had my first SHOW 5 days ago so I am assuming I am 5 days post-o and my cervix is still open, experiencing an increase in mucous actually (enough that dh noticed even), and my cervix is ranging from med-soft.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Why are you assuming you’re 5 days post ovulation? Are you taking your Basal Body Temperature to verify that? It sounds like you might still be in your fertile window with an open soft cervix and lots of fluid…? It can be possible for a woman to have double or split peaks in her fertile window, which might make your period seem late as you actually didn’t ovulate until alter in that particular cycle.

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  18. Hi I’m 19 years old and have PCOS. I was wondering exactly what the cervix feels like in early stages of pregnancy, i think I’m pregnant and have 3 more days to go to do a test. At the moment my cervix feels high and i can only just touch it, it soft aswell. Then today it seems to be in the same position.

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  19. Hi, I’m 3weeks pregnant but I started experiencing some itchy sensation around М̣̣̥̇̊Ɣ vagina Α̲̅πϑ clitoris. Could it be Τ̲̅ђe pregnancy or what? Please I need your reply as it Ȋ̝̊̅§ М̣̣̥̇̊Ɣ first pregnancy.

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  20. my cervix is low sightly hard and kind of open I guess. I cant tel when its closed. I have had 2 children so its more of a slice shape then a circle shape. Right now my one side the upper side is longer then the other. I dont get it. What can this mean? I took a pregnancy test first one neg second one slight blue faint line and third one nothing again. I dont get it and ive already had 2 kids. Never had these issues.

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  21. I got the hormone IUD in March and am thinking I want to have it taken out. I very much believe in leaving things alone and letting nature do its thing, not really sure why I got it, lol. So my question is, in your experience, have you seen any problems with IUDs. Thing like messing up what the cervix and uterus naturally do? Your general opinion of IUDs may help me make my decision. Thanks!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    I support women making informed decisions about what method of birth control is right for them. If your intuition is saying take it out, I would listen to that. I do know that hormonal birth control affects our entire endocrine system (which affects all our other bodily systems) and some women have trouble coming back into balance/fertility after coming off of it. It is not something many mainstream docs talk about, but ask any holistic practitioner and you will hear a whole different side of the debate. Trust yourself.

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  22. this is my first pregnacy and my uterus is sitting low, to the point it is sitting in my vaginal canal and i can feel it. Is it safe to have sex like this? When i saw my doctor he said it was fine but I forgot to ask if intercourse is a good idea.. i am very nervus to sleep with my partner.

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  23. I’ve had excruciating period pains for years due to having a small cervix. I recently had a mirena put in to regulate my periods but it fell out of place and got stuck in my cervix which was extremely painful. I have been told that having a baby is ultimately the only thing that will help my period pains as cervix will stretch but I am not ready for having a baby yet and sadly I have read that women with small cervix have trouble carrying a baby to term. Is this right? How common is a small cervix? What problems is a small cervix likely to cause? Also can the development of my cervix have been damaged through childhood abuse?

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  24. Hi I had a miscarriage 4 weeks ago today i bled all the way through I was 14weeks and had a natural miscarriage but lost to much blood and had to have a blood transfusion my cirvix was low and sort for few weeks or so and now it is high and soft could i be ovulateing?? Feel a little crampy for past few days and been testing for ovulation using the ovulation test strips and they are negative :-/ since miscarriage i have not yet had a period but been having regular unprotected intercourse could U give me some answers plz… Thanks, :-) Kelly xx

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  25. I was trying to locate my cervix using a plastic speculum and noticed blood filling up inside. There was mild throbbing and almost an orgasmic feeling and when I pulled it out the bills were covered in blood. There was no pain or cramping. Any idea what I may have hit in there? Its about 30 minutes after my botched self exam and the bleeding has slowed and become darker but not completely stopped.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    If you weren’t on your period, I’d suggest you see a doctor. Its possible you had a polyp that bled if it was hit with the speculum, but generally random bleeding is worth checking out.

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  26. Hi,
    I love your site! There is so much to learn!
    I’m looking for information about how your body changes if you have an early miscarriage.
    (I’m in week 6+0 and have been bleeding for 8days now – first heavy bleeding, now almost nothing. I had no pain during the time! So I’m still hoping. I am 30 and this is my third pregnancy.)
    How does your cervix change if you had a miscarriage?

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  27. Hi, thank you for spreading your wisdom and awareness…something I wished was around in my younger days…I’m 58 yrs…and still trying to understand it all…
    Anyways, I’m writing to ask if you think it would help my niece( to examine herself more closely ). – who is diagnosed with PCOS, and is continuously trying to conceive via “In Vitro” ..She already has one miracle child…and wants one more…she’s now 37 yrs. of age…and yes, her husband has been checked…
    They both are teachers..They both also go to Africa, Tanzania…every summer where J. has developed a school curriculum for the villages’s teachers and reviews and has helped them with their clean water projects,etc…. You’d think she’d adopt by now…but she’s determined for another miracle child despite odds against her…her child just turned 3 yrs old on Three Kings Day…Jan. 6 th..

    Thanks for any help in this matter…??

    Cheerios!

    Jojo (-

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  28. hi

    where exactly is the cervix suppose to be located? when i feel mine its on my left hand side. it seems there is a pathway going on the side and further up past it? been trying to fall pregnant for 15 months now no success im 30. gynae has done tests, hormonal, checking f. tubes been on clomid nothing has worked nor anything wrong from tests. had ovarian cysts once but were treated and no problem since. but still no success. can my cervix be “wrongly’ positioned? is there such a thing if so, what happens now?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    There’s some information here – usually having a tipped uterus is not a problem: http://www.beautifulcervix.com/your-cycle/

    But, if everything else is normal (including the sperm count), you might want to try Mayan Abdominal Massage (the Avrigo Technique) which can help align the uterus and promote fertility.

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  29. So I have recently taken an interest in becoming more familiar with my body. I had a vaginal birth two years ago. every thing I have read said your cervix are 3-6 inches in your vagina but mine is only between 1 & 1.5 inches up… Is that normal or should I be worried and get out checked out?

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  30. I’m 35w 3d pregnant with my 5th. This is my first pregnancy where I’ve checked my own cervix (I did for a few months prior to pregnancy). Today when I checked I felt a weird bone type horizontal at first behind that was something that I’m assuming was my cervix. It was hard but small compared to what I’ve felt my cervix like before and very low (didn’t even take my whole finger to find it, sorry tmi). My vaginal wall didn’t seem as thick as the last time I checked (3 weeks ago). Nothing was opened that I could tell. Any thoughts?

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  31. Can the depo provera shot and depo lupron shot affect your cervix because mine seems to be soft and semi hard… please let me know i have had both shots thanks!

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  32. I’m 20 days late for my period and i’ve never been this late. My cervix is easy to feel and is hard. is that a sign my period is coming? Also took a home pregnancy test and it was negative.

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  33. Hi! I am 20 years old and have a question concerning the cervix. It has been a week now and I recently had what I believe to be my period but it was lighter. Also, when I checked my cervix it almost felt like it was soft and puffy and open. Is this simply a sign of ovulation or could it also signify pregnancy? It usually feels like there is a small hole in the center and it is harder, like you describe before and after period. My SO and I have been at it unprotected and really want to be parents. What do you think this could mean?

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  34. I am confused about my cervix I have been charting position feel ex. Firm or soft ect ect I am 18 days into my cycle and have 11 until my next menstrual and just finished ovulating two days ago however my cervix is unusually high firm and os is completely closed which is something I haven’t felt since I was pregnant with my ds who is 2 1/2 please help!!!!
    Confused in Oklahoma!!!

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  35. Hi, I’m 30 years old and had been diagnosed with PCOS. My period comes on and off and sometimes i don’t get any at all. My doctor also said my cervix is tightly closed due to scar tissue. I have been trying to get pregnant for the past 5 years with no success. clomid did not work for me and my last resort is IVF, which is too expensive for me right now. How do I try to conceive naturally?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    You might want to see a holistic doctor who can help you balance your hormones naturally (like a naturopath or acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health) if there are any in your area. They might suggest some changes in diet and lifestyle or some herbs/supplements to help support your fertility. If your cervix is closed due to scarring, you might want to get some more information about IUI (intrauterine uterine insemination, where a doctor inserts washed sperm through the cervix into the uterus directly around ovulation). You also might want to start charting your cycles so you can see when you are most fertile and if you are ovulating at all. A good resource is justisse.ca and you might want to consult with a holistic reproductive health practitioner through them – You’ll have to pay out of pocket, but they can give you information that your doctor likely won’t about how to support your hormones naturally.

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  36. Hi , im 18 years old , for the past two days ive had a funny feeling in my vagina,(like a burning sensation) and my cervix feels low and hard i can barely get my finger in , does this mean that i will be getting my period today or in a couple days? and will sex make it come faster?

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  37. Does the mucus pattern change if I’ve successfully conceived? Eg, usually toward the end of my cycle I will see thick white mucus as described on your site. If you conceive, does the same apply? Or are you usually more “dry”?

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  38. My husband and I have been TTC for a year and a half. I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS a few months back. I just finished my first round of Clomid. However, when I’m ovulating, it is painful to have sex. It feels like he’s hitting something inside me. It’s hard to try to enjoy it and relax in order to conceive when I’m in pain. Do you know what might be the cause? It it my cervix that’s hurting? Thank you!

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  39. What do vaginal rugae look like? What do vaginal papillae on the rugae look like? I have heard that some women have papillae on their vagina walls and some doctors seem to think that they are warts when they are just natural.

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  40. Hi, I have constant leukoherra always a thicker milky discharge, I am ttc and wanted to know if this will affect my fertile cervical because I never seem to have the right quality just always milky yoghurty white discharge, towards the end of the cycle it gets thicker and clumpier. And I notice when I exercise or walk it is more creamy. Everytime I go tell my doctor they say I have thrush even though the test maybe negative and after the pesary there is no changes. Please can you advise me.

    I love this site and am about to order me a speculum I have always wanted to see inside me, so cool! I think I have scar tissue on my cervix after reading more on your site, I’ve noticed those bumpy feeling and I have endometriosis so it does make sense and perhaps why I am infertile too.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful community of feminine empowerment x

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  41. Hello, I am a 22 year old, never been pregnant. I have tried to feel my cervix laying down, squatting, reclining, etc. using my middle finger and I cant find it! Is it possible for a cervix to be too deep to feel with your own fingers? All I feel is soft, squishy stuff which I assume is my vagina. I also find it very uncomfortable when I look, like moving my finger around almost hurts. I had a bad experience with a colpopscopy last year where I was in terrible pain during and the doctor just wrote me off as a drama queen. Is this indicative that there is something wrong with my cervix?

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  42. learning lots from your site, thank you!

    if i put a finger in all the way as deep as it can go, i still cant feel my cervix. could it be that its just very far in. ive never been able to feel it. my obgyn told me that it is tilted and my uterus is on the left side of me instead of center. i was nervous for the exam and didnt ask what exactly that meant, but i am curious if anyone knows! thank you!

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  43. That HERS website is filled with inaccurate information and poorly done studies. You might find a better website to give out regarding hysterectomy/alternative treatments. A lot of websites are a little biased (although yours is very good) but HERS is particularly biased and contains misinformation.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Does anyone else have a good one that recommend?

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