Sometimes it’s hard to believe that things can happen in our bodies that we don’t understand, but it happens all the time!

For example, each woman has a meticulous, delicate menstrual cycle with regular changes, both physically and hormonally, and yet it is so detailed that we often don’t even know what is going on in our own bodies!

On the Pixie Cup Blog, we do our best to tell you everything you could ever want to know about your period… and that includes asking the frequently asked – and often somewhat weird – questions like “Should my cervix move during my period?”

First of all, let’s talk about what your period is. Your period is a length of time, usually between 2-7 days long, in which the lining of your uterus is released in your menstrual flow. In fact, your “menstrual period” is only a small portion of the “menstrual cycle” which is often around 28 days.

During your menstrual cycle, lots of changes take place, and one of the areas affected is your cervix. You may notice that your cervix is not always the same. In fact, many women keep track of their fertility during the menstrual cycle based on the position of the cervix, among other things like temperature.

To check your cervix, wash your hands and then gently insert your finger, feeling for the cervix. It is round and slightly firm and sits at the top end of your vaginal canal. When it is at its firmest, it can feel something like the end of your nose. When it is soft, it feels more like the gentle, soft texture of lips.

The cervix naturally moves and changes based on the different phases of your menstrual cycle.

During menstruation:

At this time, your cervix is low and firmer to the touch, and the opening is a bit larger to allow the menstrual flow to escape.

Directly after menstruation:

After your menstruation ends, your cervix remains low and firm for a little while, but the opening of your cervix will close after the menstrual flow has finished.

Nearing ovulation:

In the days leading up to ovulation, the cervix begins to rise, possibly out of your reach, and it becomes softer.

During ovulation:

This is the time that your body is most fertile. At this time, your cervix will rise very high, while growing very wet, soft, and open. This is to allow potential sperm passage into the uterus to create a pregnancy.

After ovulation:

Once ovulation has ended, your cervix will quickly close and drop low once again, quickly becoming firm to the touch.

What about pregnancy?

If pregnancy occurred during ovulation, the cervix will not drop but will remain high and soft.

Isn’t it fascinating how much you can learn about your body by understanding one small part? The cervix may seem small and insignificant but it plays a huge role in the continuation of life!

We believe that, just as a tiny, seemingly insignificant body part plays a huge role in the overall function of the whole, so each of us plays an important role in the lives of everyone around us. Sometimes it’s hard to know your true value when you’re feeling down, but each of us has a greater impact than we will ever know on the lives of those around us. You are important and nobody could ever take your place.

Do you have any questions about the cervix and its purpose? Drop them in the comments! 💚

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4 Comments

  1. Ashley on January 7, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I was very nauseous a couple days leading up to my period. My cervix was high and soft. However, I was surprised and my period came a day early with mild cramping, they were noticeable and quite painful but nothing that took me down to my knees. They were a little more extreme than I’ve had in a couple months. I’m on day two of my period and checked my cervix again. It is still high and soft, very open too. What’s going on with my body? I am sexually active. I read somewhere about a chemical pregnancy, but I don’t think my bleeding is as heavy as other women describe when they’ve had one in the past. I had unprotected sex two times, one in my fertile window and one on my day of ovulation this past month before my period.

    • Hannah L. on January 14, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Ashley! It’s hard to know what our bodies are saying to us sometimes. I would definitely urge you to call your doctor for an appointment. Throughout the month (our cycle) our cervix moves to get ready for ovulation and then later, menstruation. We have different Pixie Cups that we recommend based on the hight of your cervix during your period… each gal is different. Our bodies do amazing things! Again, I would see your doctor so you can discuss with them specifically what’s going on.

  2. Soft on March 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Hi, am on day 4 of my period and my cervix feels so high, I can’t say if it’s soft but higher than I used to feel during my other cycles… I av clots in my period though but it’s not as heavy as the previous ones… Am confused and can’t really keep cool.. I’m having a little breast pain accompanied with itching though and also serious pains in my legs right now… I drink water alot and also pee frequently, I get irritated easily and feel nausea at times but still am having a vibrant red period with clots…. Is it possible I’m pregnant

    • Hannah L. on March 13, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      Hi there! Thanks for the comment! It’s hard to know what our bodies are saying to us sometimes. Our advice is to definitely make an appointment to see your doctor. They are your best bet!

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