If you’ve Googled any sort of feminine health issues, concerns or questions, chances are you’ve heard something about a low cervix or at least the mention of it. Fact of the matter is, nearly all women have a low cervix at some point during their menstrual cycle because that’s just the way the body is designed… and it’s amazing! YOU are amazing. Today we’re chatting about what a low cervix actually is and how it plays a role in your everyday life.
What is the cervix?
The cervix is a muscle that separates the vagina from the uterus. This muscle moves, it opens and shuts, becomes softer and firmer … all depending on the time of the month! During pregnancy, the cervix is what dilates, allowing the baby to deliver during vaginal delivery.
Women’s Health Magazine put together some really amazing photos of the cervix during different stages or events in life. [GRAPHIC PHOTOS WARNING]
How can I find it?
You can locate your cervix by inserting a finger into the vagina (wash your hands first!). If you feel squeamish about checking your cervical position, this is perfectly normal! It’s not something most of us are used to doing, but it will get easier in time. Breathe slowly and try to relax. It may help to squat or put one foot up on the edge of the bathtub. Slowly slide your finger in until you feel the firmer tissue at the top of your vaginal canal. That’s the cervix! You can tell the difference between your vagina and the cervix because, while vaginal tissue is soft and gives way to pressure, the cervix is more firm. It may feel like the tip of your nose.
How do I know if my cervix is low?
Measuring your cervical position is a must! This will help determine what menstrual cup to purchase, it will tell you a lot about the stage of your cycle if you’re tracking it throughout the month, and will also help determine the health and strength of your pelvic floor. Read our tips on how to measure your cervix, and if you still have questions, we made it really easy and created this cervical ruler! Cool, right?
Depending on where you are in your cycle, the position and feel of the cervix can change. If you are ovulating, it may be softer, higher, and more difficult to reach. Someone who is trying to determine and monitor their fertility will find this very helpful. During your period, your cervix is likely lower and firmer to the touch, and the opening is a bit larger to allow the menstrual flow to escape.
Some women also have a cervix that is naturally lower, no matter where they are in their cycle. Having a low cervix does not make you odd, and it doesn’t affect your menstrual cycle or your feminine health. It’s just the way your body is designed.
Can I use a menstrual cup with a low cervix?
Yes! How low your cervix actually sits during your period varies from woman to woman. Here at Pixie Cup we have a menstrual cup specifically designed for a low cervical position, tilted, or tipped uterus! Our Pixie Cup Slim is especially soft, making it super comfortable. It’s also narrow to prevent discomfort in the opening of the vaginal canal.
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Does a low cervix mean a prolapsed uterus?
Having a low cervix doesn’t necessarily mean you have a prolapsed uterus. However, if at any point you feel your cervix is alarmingly low or protruding out of the vaginal opening, we urge you to see a physician as soon as possible. A prolapsed uterus is not the end of the world and there are several ways that it can be fixed! Depending on the severity, you could implement some pelvic floor exercises to help firm and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
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