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