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Cervical Position: What Your Cervical Position Tells You About Your Fertility

How to Check Your Cervical Position

  • Checking the cervical position takes some practice. A good time to try is after a bath or shower.
  • Always wash your hands well prior to checking your cervix.
  • Keep nails trim so as not to cause discomfort.
  • Sitting on the toilet or squatting or standing with one leg on the edge of the bathtub are good positions to be in. Use the same position each time you check your cervix.
  • Gently insert one or two fingers into the vagina. Feel for the cervix - located in the upper front or top.

With practice you will start to notice the changes the cervix goes through during your monthly cycle. (Some women are squeamish about checking during bleeding, and wait until menstrual flow stops.) Because every woman’s cycle is different, including the length of different phases of the cycle, it may take several cycles before you get to know your own body.

Cervical Position

The position and texture of your cervix will change during your cycle:

  • During menstrual bleeding, the cervix is normally low and hard and slightly open to allow the blood to flow out. It feels like the tip of your nose.
  • After your period stops, the cervix remains low and hard and the opening to the uterus (uterine os) remains closed.
  • As you approach ovulation, the cervix rises up to the top of the vagina and becomes softer and moister.
  • At the height of ovulation, the cervix feels more like your lips than your nose and the uterine os is open to allow sperm to enter in. Sometimes the cervix seems to disappear – which just means it has become so soft that it blends in with the vagina walls and rises so high that the finger cannot touch it. This is known as SHOW - soft, high, open and wet. This is your most fertile time and is the optimal time to have sex to achieve pregnancy.
  • Once ovulation occurs, the cervix drops lower and becomes more firm - once again feeling like the tip of your nose. The opening to the uterus will become tightly closed. This can happen immediately after ovulation or may take several hours to several days.
  • When pregnancy occurs, the cervix will rise up and become soft, yet the os will remain tightly closed. This occurs at different times for different women – as early as 12 days after ovulation or well after the pregnancy has been confirmed by a home pregnancy test or doctor.

Monitoring Your Cervical Position

One way to become familiar with your cycle and ovulation before seeking the help of a fertility doctor is by checking your cervical position. Checking your cervical position will allow you to notice changes throughout the month and get a personal prediction of your most fertile time of the month. It helps you to know when ovulation is about to occur and can also indicate whether or not pregnancy has been achieved.

If you have been monitoring your cervical position and tracking ovulation, but still have not gotten pregnant, it may be time to see a fertility doctor. Current medical guidelines suggest that a woman under the age of 35 who has been trying to conceive for one year with well-timed intercourse, or a woman over the age of 35 who has been trying for six months without success should consult a fertility doctor. Our Patient Care Coordinators are current and former fertility patients who understand how anxious you may feel about the entire process. They are trained to match you with the perfect fertility doctor for your needs and to act as an infertility consultant throughout your journey- at no cost to you! Give them a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form.

Not every woman is comfortable performing the check and there are other ways to monitor your cycle. But this is something that is simple, can be done at home, and can help you take control of your fertility. Getting to know yourself and all your fertile signs will help you time intercourse for pregnancy.

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Ladies, you can also check your cervical mucus. When it is sticky like egg white that is when you know you are fertile and can do the baby dance! :)

I read your article about the cervical position, its kinda hard for me to tell if im completely closed off or just closed tight but i definitely feel barricaded out when i checked my cervix. I have some discharge that is similar to my mucous plug when I had my daughter but its not the same color and its a bit thinner (and theres less of it). Ive needed to use pantyliners the last week or so because of it. Is this normal? Whats going on?

I am on CD 7 and I just checked my cervix for the first time. It feels very soft and high. Is this normal? Everywhere I read says it should be low and hard. Thanks!

I know my cervix is backwards from pregnancy with 4yr old daughter, and 7 months ago I had a ruptual ectopic pregnancy, which they had to remove the tube completely. ( Still have other- said looked ok) with all this inplay what is my fertility chances, me and my husband have been having unprotected for 5-nothin yet.)
Thanksdhbpn

I had a dnc 3 months ago for etopic pregnancy had my left tube removed its been six months and nothing yet

Hi Amanda, Have you been working with an OB-GYN or fertility doctor? In this case, I would advise that you consult a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we can help you connect with a trusted fertility doctor in your area. It may take some time for your hormones to regulate after the D&C, but a fertility doctor would be able to advise you best. Kim

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I like this post is very interesting and I didn't know to many things that you has written over here... It is fabulous I really want to learn more about it!.

As a 48 yr old mother of 4; I have practiced natural family planning for over 15 yrs. So I am very familiar with taking temps., the mucous and cervix signs as they apply to a womans fertility. The cervix sign, I have found is my most reliable , and while checking your cervix seems uncomfortable at first; over the course of several months you can become very confident in your interpretation of your fertile/infertile days of the month. By washing your hands with soap and water prior to checking your cervix , you will avoid introducing any bacteria into the vagina, and it is perfectly safe. If you can insert a tampon then you will have no problem checking your cervix.

Hi I saw your posting about being 48 and mother of 4. I am 47 and mother of 4 19,17,14 and most recently 13 mos. I want to use NFP but quite frankly I am all over the board with cervix position,cm, bbt. I need to be educated. Do you have any online resources you would recommend? Thanks! Kirsten

found good piece of information here, Thank you for sharing these helpful post it is very interesting and read worthy. Keep these informative post coming!

i have been trying for over 2 yrs now too get what i want and i have no medical reason why i cant conceive, so why am i going through this heart ach every month. is their any advise you can give me too help me get the dream ive alwaysed wanted, too be a mother. many thanks x

Hello I tried to write a response to ur post but my phone messes it up I have been in your situation please check in to clearblue easy fertility monitor

Ttc if your still available will you please post me. Have a lot of questions and concerns Thank You & God Bless

Hi I know u posted this almost a year and a half ago but was wondering if your dream ever did come true for u and your husband?? Im not one to write or post anyone online but ive been doing alot of research in the last week And stumbled Upon your post(: So let me start of by saying Thank You for posting. U see im 34 and in the same situation): no doctor has ever told me either that I can not get pregnant. Actually I got pregnant 11 years ago, never just by chance, we had to do a lot of preparing if u know what I mean lol and unfortunately miscarried at just over 5 weeks pregnant): Fortunately for me and my husband we have always wanted to adopt along with us having biological children. So our miracle story is, as I cry telling you this, is that our dream of adopting did come true by the grace of God(: We are very blessed and now have a 4 almost 5 yr old bb girl!! We've had her since birth and decided to go forth with trying to conceive again and was wondering if you could please share your, hopefully, wonderful story with me? If not I totally understand and thank for taking your time to read mine(: Thank You & God Bless

I am saying this to you & hope you go see a Dr! I have 3 children who came from a bad situation. I started having children @ 17. My kids are 14, 12&5. I finally got a great husband of 4 yrs. I had my tubes tied/cut after child 3. I was in an abusive situation & knew if I didn't get something permanent done my x would keep me tied down & pregnant. Now I have a wonderful man who would like a child of his own. He is a great parent to my kids. I had my tubes reversed in Nov. Every month is hard when af arrives. I have never tried to get pregnant on purpose or out of love. Its so hurtful! But I have gone to a fertility Dr. Before my tubes were reversed he had my husband's sperm count checked. My husband has to take Mucinex everyday. His brother was married 23 yrs before they had child #1 @ 46. He said he was taking allergy meds the month they got pregnant. So you never know what can be the problem. But it never hurts to see what's going on. My Dr has offered Clomid. I haven't decided on that yet. My sister had to get on birth control for 3months & was then able to get pregnant. She also has a tipped uterus. Drs said 30% chance she would ever conceive. She is now expecting #2. Her husband had to take zinc. There are so many things that can affect you. So don't lose hope. Try not to focus on it so much . My best friend married Mr Perfect when we were 18. They are expecting #1 after 12yrs of trying. She said when they stopped trying they got pregnant. She said its a psychological thing.

I wasn't the original comment poster, but thank you for your response. We have been ttc 2 years + 1mc. We are just about ready to go to the Dr. and see what is going on. Your post gave me hope. <3

have been trying to concieve period supposed to come in four or five days my vervix is low and hard is that a sign i didnt conceive during ovulation? preg tests saying neg!

The only way to know for sure is to have a blood pregnancy test done after you have missed your period. Although these are guidelines on cervical positioning, everyone is different. An OB-GYN will be able to give you more information relative to your case specifically.

Good luck!

I'm a day away from when my period is supposed to start. I had some cramping about a week and a half ago, but not now. My cervix is very high, almost can't reach it with my index finger. Does this mean I am pregnant? We have been trying about 6 months with no luck...

Just going threw this site n absolutely love all info given. Also curious to know if you ended up pregnant or not? I really wish you tons of baby dust I will say a prayer for you. Xo

I have had 2 consecutive miscarriages....we have an 8 month old and older children but we want another quickly to be done...any advice...my first two are only a year apart so I kno its possible thanks...my cervix is high n soft n I got very clear mucus lots n lots we have sex at least once a day as well! Help idk what's wrong! :(

Hi lindi,

Have you considered using Ovulation Prediction Kits? They might help you determine if you are ovulating. If you are over 35 and have been trying for 6 months, or under 35 and trying for one year, it might be time to see a fertility doctor. There is a diagnosis called secondary infertility for those who have had children previously. I am really hoping that is not the case for you, but please keep it in the back of your mind.

Good luck!
Kim

Hi I'm only two days after ovulate and my cervix is high and closed soft too what does that mean? ? Please it's driving me crazy I hate waiting lol

Hi denisha,

The only way to know for sure is to have a blood test to see if you have ovulated. Otherwise, you can try Ovulation Prediction Kits, but they won't be able to tell you if you have already ovulated. You can use them for next cycle.

Good luck!
Kim

Hi Denisha what did you find out?? Prego?? If so how many weeks did it take for a positive result on pregnancy test?? I also hate this waiting game): soo afraid something's wrong for me): Thank You & God Bless

I am 4 days late and I have 3 other children. I have taken about 4 tests that are all negative, but my cervix is high , soft and closed. Do you think I might be pregnant?

Hi I last had "the deed" 5th sept 12 then I had my period 12th sept & another 18 oct but no period this month I'm 2wks late, my cervix is low and hard and shut tight but I bled a little when I put my finger up there -sorry tmi.. Please help me I'm confused preg tests sayin neg, could I or couldn't I be pregnant, ty very much ;)

Hi Lauren,

Only a doctor can tell you for sure what's going on. It is best to call your OB-GYN to request a blood pregnancy test.

Good luck!

I'm glad I found this. I recently had my period on the 17th. But I've had nausia. Bloating. Vomiting and frequent bathroom trips. And today I checked my cervix. It's low. Hard and closed. Can anyone tell me if I'm just being crazy and paranoid or am I pregnant?

Hey Whitney,

The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to have a blood pregnancy test done by your OB-GYN. Good luck!

Kim

Hello Whitney so were u prego?? Can't wait to hear all about it. Hope u had great luck!!

Hello Whitney so were u prego?? Can't wait to hear all about it. Hope u had great luck!!

Okay so my period is 3 days late and my nipples are killing me when u touch them. My cervical position is high and soft. My cervical mucus is white and feels like lotion. I took 2 tests 3 days ago and both negative. My period is always on time as well.

great blogs

My cervix seems to be hard all of the time. What doors this mean? Does it mean that I am not fertile? I've been having unprotected sex with my husband for over a year and we haven't had any luck. Could you tell me what could be wrong?

Hey Reni,

Checking your own cervix can be tricky, so it is best to consult a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will match you to a fertility doctor in your area.

Best,
Kim

13 dpo i got three BFP, after 15 dpo all BFN.. i have had all of the symptoms you can think of...nausea,bloating,NO af,IB (6 dpo), headaches like crazy,dizzy,light headed,sore and veiny boobs, mild cramping the night of IB,unable to ride in cars or even drive,food adversions,very thirsty,27 dpo my cervix was high but now on 31 dpo its even higher softer and just as wet. What does this all mean? Any responses are greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Hi Ash,

The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is by a pregnancy blood test.

Good luck!
Kim

I'm 32 and my first baby is 2 and 4months now. I have been tring to get pregnant for 6 months now.

Hi Cassie,

Current medical guidelines say a woman under the age of 35 should seek the help of a fertility doctor after 1 year of trying to conceive with regular intercourse (every 2 days during the time of ovulation). If you suspect an infertility condition or have irregular periods, you might consider speaking to a fertility doctor sooner. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229).

Kim

Heya wondering if anyone can help me and put my mind to rest, a came off the pill due to bad side affects... A have had a regular 33 day cycle for four months but my periods now a week late? Usually can be three days top but a week!!!! A have took six pregnancy tests all negative... This page usually helps me with when ano am ovulating etc... A don't know if an pregnant as my cervix are low enough to feel and softer but feel slightly open not as tight shut as a have felt before when checking!! Can anyone help? A have a docs app tues for bloods but my minds doing overtime thinking till then ... Xxxx

Hi Louise,

Only your doctor will be able to tell you for sure if you are pregnant. If you find out that you are not pregnant and are interested in speaking with a fertility doctor about your cycles, give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229).

Good luck!

Hello I'm exp. the same thing obviously lol I would love to hear your story. Are u prego?? Ohhh I soo pray u are!!

hi there, i have a 28 day cycle i last had a period on the 12/1/2013 which i did for 3 days, on the build up to my ovulation date my husband and i had sex everyday apart for 1 even on and after ovulation, 4 days after my most fertile day i had pms cramps nipple sensations and was even sick. Now 5 days before next pms my cervix is low and soft what does this mean?

hi there, i have a 28 day cycle i last had a period on the 12/1/2013 which i did for 3 days, on the build up to my ovulation date my husband and i had sex everyday apart for 1 even on and after ovulation, 4 days after my most fertile day i had pms cramps nipple sensations and was even sick. Now 5 days before next pms my cervix feels high and i think hard (not sure) what does this mean?

Hi Nicola,

The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to have a blood test to measure your hCG (pregnancy hormone).

Good luck!

Kim

Help:( my last period was 31/12/2012 n now I'm 5 days late I'm experiencing cramps tender nipples and a lot of cold looking mucus cervix feels high and soft but the pregnancy test I took in the night was neg could I still be pregnant?

I am so sorry I know this is WAYYYY 2MI!!! But my cervix has NEVER felt like this b4. Not that I'm always feeling my cervix lol but when I feel up inside me I feel NOTHING but a round ball like thing. What can this be?? Assuming its part of my anus?? Sorry): to gross anyone out

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