Participate

Thank you

This project exists because of the curious and bold women who have volunteered to photograph their own cervices and submit them to the project for the education of the general public.  We are all so grateful to you!

Join the Club!

If you are interested in participating in this project by photographing your own cervix, please email us and we will send you complete instructions.  

Beautiful Cervix Project’s vision is to document a variety of cervices.  We are happy to work with anyone wishing to participate, but are currently especially seeking women who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are willing to endure a speculum exam during labor (to view a dilating cervix)
  • Have given birth and want to document an entire cycle
  • Have short, long or anovulatory cycles
  • Have an STI or vaginal infection
  • Have had a colposcopy or LEEP procedure
  • Have two cervices/uteri
  • Are on the birth control pill or other hormonal contraceptive device

Most cameras have a hard time focusing on something in the dark (like a beautiful cervix tucked inside a vagina), so here’s a DIY cervical photographing tutorial:

  • Use the speculum to view your cervix.
  • Put the camera on ‘macro’ function (usually looks like a little flower image) and turn on the flash.  You may need to also shine the flashlight into the vagina during the photo.
  • Note about how deep into the vagina your cervix is — say 3 inches.  Have your partner focus the camera on something 3 inches away from the lens (like her/his hand) and push the shutter down half way and hold it.  Then, he/she’ll move the camera up to the mouth of the vagina and then push the shutter all the way down to take the photo.  



97 thoughts on “Participate

  1. Amazing. I found your site while searching for speculum photographs (and you can imagine what kind of pictures came up). I am a midwife of 11 years and have 2 children so I find your photographs incredible.

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  2. Hello, I would be interested in participating in your project. I am 26 years old and am currently 28 weeks pregnant with a cervical cerclage due to incompetent cervix. While I am not willing to photograph my cervix at the present time (due to risk of infection), I would be willing to have my cervix photographed right before my cerclage is removed. I, myself, am very curious to see what it looks like! I’m just not sure how I would go about doing this….any suggestions?

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  3. I am a 60 year old woman who has never given birth and 11 yrs. post-menopause. I would like to see what my cervix looks like and don’t mind sharing if it would be helpful.

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  4. Kristen – I would be VERY intersted in seeing a cervix with cerclage. I’ve studied a lot about cervical cerclage but never actually seen one!

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  5. Hi & definitely a compliment to you – a wonderful website ! Question for you – I’m in the 2 WW to see if BFP is here. 7 DPO at the moment, too early to test, I know this. But what about CM signs? What should it look like if BFP? And what about cervix? It’s def harder now (than it was during ovulation) , is there any hints you can share? Thank you :)

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  6. I found your website because I am trying to conceive! I have found many books and sites that say I need to check my cervixal fluid as asll as the cervix itself; position and how it feels. People say it will feel like the tip of your nose?? Maybe it is just me but nothing feels like the tip of my nose in there! Can you advise people on how they can locate their cervix and how they know when they have actually located it? Thanks so much!!

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  7. Hi! I sent you an e-mail already, but I would be willing to participate! I’m 18 years old and I am interested in how my menstrual works. I am still a virgin and don’t have anything wrong with me, to the best of my knowledge anyway. Ha. :) I just thought you might need someone that’s semi-younger. Thank you for doing this! It’s absolutely fascinating! :)

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  8. Hi, I would just like to say how useful and informative I have found your site, and i would very much like to get involved.
    Would just like to know if you could send me further information about this please?

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  10. I love your website! I’ve noticed several pregnant women offering to take and send pictures of their dilating cervix’s. Have you actually had anyone go through with it? I’m 38 1/2 weeks pregnant and might be willing to do this depending on the help of my HB midwife and husband as well as your need. This is my first pregnancy.

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  11. I just wanted you to know this site is awesome! It is very informative and helpful! My hubby and I are trying to conceive. I would love to get involved and send you my pics throughout my cycle of ttcing, through pregnancy, and during labor! Let me know what I need to do to get involved!

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  12. Thank you very much.
    Do you have any photos of the cervix changing for a breastfeeding mother? I am trying to learn about my cervix as I find it difficult to take my basal temperature at a regular time each day. (my 10 month old wakes frequently during the small hours).

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  13. How do you know which size speculum to purchase? Small, medium or large?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    It depends on if you’ve had children – often a large if you’ve birthed vaginally or are a woman of size. Otherwise, a small or medium will do.

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  14. What a wonderful site I stumbled across this by accident. Quite frankly I am so glad I did. I was always interested in what my Dr. had seen during my various exams;

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  15. I wasn’t done typing and for some reason it posted it. Sorry! I am a mom of a 1 year old whom I nurse; so my period hasn’t returned yet. I have 6 kids might be carrying another don’t know. My question is how would someone participate in this project; It could be valuable information since I am almost 39 years old.My Dr. told me when I was pregnant with my 2nd. child after a miscarriage that I had the cervix of a teen. Odd!!! Anyway I have also had several miscarriages not just 1. Sort of wonder how my cervix would differ from other women. Thanks again for such an informative and wonderful site :D

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  17. Hi
    I’d like to participate. I’m 47. I had an early abortion at 23 and have only recently begun to chart and to attempt pregnancy. I’ve just taken my first photo on my own (was so excited when the speculum arrived I couldn’t wait for my partner to come home) and the quality is good enough to establish that I look fine and healthy. I came across your website whilst trying to learn about charting and my body. I’d be willing to offer photos and information as I continue my quest to become a mother.
    :-)

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Hi there!
    Great – email me beautifulcervix@gmail.com once you have a bunch of photos and I’ll put them on the site….
    Good luck TTC!

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  18. I look at your site and pictures often. I am 44 yrs old and I’m trying to conceive. Today I am 14 days past ovulation, have mild lower abdominal cramping, achy breasts, queezy,cervix feels soft and high, not sure about opening. I have learned a lot since I’ve found your site. I would like to participate in your program but need to know what supplies I need and where to purchase them.
    Thank You,

    Sheila

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  19. Thank you for this information. I have been monitoring my cervical fluid to try to conceive for three years. It is so nice to see what other people’s fluid looks like to compare the consistency and abundance with mine. Now if I could convince my husband to do our own cervical project…

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  20. I was introduced to your site by my CRNP gyn. I wouldn’t mind participating. I am 35, on child, one abortion and some other things that may be of interest. This site is so educational. I would personally like to see how infections ( yeast, bv) effect the cervix. Thank you for your work. If you don’t have one, you need a Facebook page.

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  21. This was so insightful. Even my husband was interested and asking me questions. We’ve been ttc for 18 cycles, going into cycle 19, and when my cervix is high, I can’t feel it all. Being able to take pictures of my cervix and have something to compare it to will help I think. Hopefully we will be celevrating soon as we will be moving on to insemination next cycle. If everything goes as hoped and you don’t have a volunteer by then, I wouldn’t mind providing pictures of my cervix during labor, or at any other stage before or during pregnancy for that matter.

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Awesome! Please email me at beautifulcervix@gmail.com if you get some good photos!

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  22. hi- i am a happily married woman 38 years old with a great sex life. i really enjoyed looking a the photos of your cervix they were educational. in fact i had my husband take photos of my cervix through my complete cycle. the only thing that we did different was that the photos were taken in the morning.since i use a diaphragm for contraception i had to pull my diaphragm out before we took the photos.the photos give me a much better knowledge of my female parts

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  23. I found this site very interesting as I have two children (11 yrs and 15 months) and am currently trying for number 3. Today I got diagnosed with pco and will have to take the pill for 3 months. I would be interested in participating during my pill-intake!

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  24. I fit a few of your categories. I’m pregnant with my 3rd child, and had a colopscopy done 3 months ago due to CIN 2 cell changes on a biopsy. Would love to help!

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  25. Hi. I am 40, was without a period for 1.5 years and, after having an hormonal imbalance corrected, I am having periods again. My cycle is quite regular now, but they feel different physically. I feel more pressure and some pain. Today (I’m on day 2 of menstruation) I noticed that there seemed to be “extra” swollen flaps of skin surrounding my cervix. Is this normal?

    PS – amazing work. Thanks!

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    Interesting! I don’t know anything about that – Check throughout your next cycle and see if its there again – maybe that’s just what your body does…I wonder if there is generalized inflammation in that area, causing some of the cramps…?

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  26. I love your website!! Since finding this site a few years ago I have wanted to SEE my own cervix, today at my 6 wk check up I was excitedly talking to my midwife about this site and saying I wish I could see my own cervix, lol. She offered to take a picture while they were performing the exam and I jumped at the chance. This was my 6th baby, 7th pregnancy… so I’m not sure if you’re interested or not but I’d love to share if it helps another woman. :)

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  27. I had a LEEP done last year and then at the begining of August this year had a Conization done. I wish I would have seen this sight then and maybe could’ve gotten some really great images! Definitely interested in photographing now and seeing what I look like on the inside! Thanks!

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  28. Hello.

    I’ve always wanted to know what a cervix would look like under different circumstances and, I believe I found the right place. I am 20 years old who had a child at a young age and I have a inverted cervix. I was wondering if anyone else had one. I snapped a very good quality photo of my cervix before my cycle. It looks different.

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  29. Hello, I stumbled upon the site by chance and I am so glad I did. This past week I have been trying to check my cervix and at the same time I really don’t know what I’m doing. It kind of all feels the same down there. The pictures alone in the site is very helpful. My question to you is this, how do I go about getting a mirror, flashlight and speculum?

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    beautifulcervix Reply:

    http://www.beautifulcervix.com/see-your-own-beautiful-cervix/

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  30. This is amazing My teacher told me about it to day in school I have been studying my own body because I deal with infertility issues and the cervix testing is how I was able to conceive my second child after a total of nine months trying and 6 of them on infertility drugs I love that there is so many more women open to new amazing possibilities just amazing thanks you.

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  31. Hi think your project is great, i want to do a life casting of my vagina and seeing the photos possibly do some paintings. I don’t have a partner at the moment, but would certainly like to have a go at seeing if i can do it my self with the camera. I already track my cycle and suffer with serve pmt Thanks for this, i just wish emotions were talked about with the cycle when learning about the cycle in the teens.

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  32. Hi! I just found this website because my husband and I are trying to conceive. I think I’m a great candidate for this because I was born with two uteri and cervices. Let me know if interested!

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  33. I am 44 and had a complete hysterectomy (ovaries, tubes, uterus, and cervix removed) at age 40. I am fortunate to have had a gynecologist in college who believed in allowing women to see their cervix during exams if they wanted to, and a midwife during my pregnancy who did the same — so I’m happy to say that I got to know what mine looked like before it was gone!

    I visited the “Radical Hysterectomy” page on this site just now, and noticed that many women commenting there were wondering how the vaginal canal is closed after the cervix is removed, and what it looks like in there without one. I am happy and healthy following my hysterectomy, and I would be willing to photograph myself for that page of the site, if you think that a “non-cervix cervix” picture would be appropriate. Since so many commenters mentioned it, I thought I’d offer. Please let me know. I will email you as well. Thank you for your awesome website. I love it.

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  34. i wish id know about this when i was preggers idve been happy to!
    im 12 months post partum still breastfeeding is that any use for you love :)

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  35. Hi, I was just wondering how old someone needs to be to join in your project and participate ? :) I ask because I’m 17 and have not seen any pictures on here from anyone under about 20.. But I’d love to participate if I could (: I have the implanon contraceptive implant, and thinning of my endometrial walls because of the progesterone implant causes me to bleed fairly regularly but in very short cycles. I’d be interested to see for myself how my cervix behaves over time :)

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  36. Do you have any photos of an “inverted” cervix? I think that’s the term used by my Dr. today. She was having a hard time finding my cervix during my pap and discovered that is was “tilted” up or under…. I’m curious to know if anyone else has experienced this and I would love to see pics.

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