Cervical Position: What It Tells You About Your Fertility
on Oct 17, 2012
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Checking the position of your cervix yourself will help you determine whether you are ovulating, as well as monitoring other bodily signs like cervical mucus.
Checking the position of your cervix yourself is a very useful method of determining your fertility status. Knowing exactly the time of ovulation is of utmost importance so as to enhance the chances of conceiving. Therefore, palpating your cervix, in addition to assessing your cervical mucous, can show you the optimum time of trying to conceive. The ultimate purpose is to find out, just in time, when ovulation starts, in order for you to be prepared to act accordingly and accurately. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The procedure takes only a few minutes, and it is better if you check your cervical position at the same time each day and having the same body position. Simply follow an upward motion patiently and the cervix will be felt as a round dimple. It would be inaccurate to try to determine your cervical position after intercourse, because your cervix follows your level of arousal. The 3 most important features regarding your cervical position and fertility include the following.
Your cervix will feel the highest, extremely open and will have a soft and wet texture during ovulation. Since its position is the highest, you can have some difficulties in reaching it. This is a telltale sign that your ovulation is near. This high cervical position also accompanies the most fertile cervical mucous. As far as your fertility is concerned, this cervical position is baby-friendly, and your chances of conceiving are at a maximum. Women who have given birth before might feel their cervix quite open at all times; nevertheless, they can rely on the height and soft texture of their cervix for accurate assessments of the time of ovulation.
After the period, your cervix will feel firmer, closed, and, due to its lower position, you will be able to reach it quite easily. It may take a few menstrual periods to understand for yourself the exact changes your cervix goes through. Be patient and then you will be able to figure out your cervical position monthly.
After ovulation, your cervix will lower its position and will resume its firmer texture. Trying to conceive when your cervix feels low, firm and closed is fruitless, because you are not ovulating and therefore you are not fertile at this moment. If you are worried about forgetting your cervical position, you can use a fertility chart, just to be on the safe side.
It is important to learn to trust your assessments of your body changes and, when you recognize your cervical status as high, soft and open, be ready to act.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.