5 Things You Never Even Considered About Your Cervix That ALL Women Should Know

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What Every Woman Should Know About Her Cervix, Including What It Is, What It Looks Like And More
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Consider this a public cervix announcement...

Recently I got curious about my cervix. Why, you ask?

Well, I’ve been having a lot of fun sex (hooray for the cute boy who makes me smile!) and I noticed that a certain sex position that I enjoy thoroughly was resulting in my cervix getting bumped on some occasions, but not on others.

I realized that I didn’t know much about the cervix and so I decided to do some research, which quickly became frustrating when I realized that 99.876% (rough estimate) of the talking that gets done about cervixes involves either pregnancy or cancer.

I wanted to know about my body, just existing — or what the heck, maybe even experiencing pleasure — but it seemed that unless it was part of a cautionary article about HPV or an instructional post about how to get knocked up, no one wanted to discuss the cervix or explain what the cervix is.

As usual, twitter understood where I was coming from:

Yes, the cervix does exist even when stuff isn’t happening to it, and if you’re anything like me, you know very little about it. So, today we’re talking cervical facts, including what it looks like, feels like and does — and even why mine sometimes gets hit in that one sex position and sometimes doesn’t.

Here goes ... five questions about the cervix you never ever thought to ask.

1. What does it look like?

Picture a puffy disc with a depression (a dimple, if you will) at its center. True to form, I, in looking for images to illustrate the appearance of the cervix, landed on food and crafts.

This is a bialy. Basically a bagel with a dent instead of a hole. It is delicious. It also looks like a cervix.

 

And this is perhaps more accurate and appropriate, a crafty cervix made out of felt for The Felt Cervix Project.

To see actual images of the cervix check out the Beautiful Cervix Project.

2. What does the cervix feel like?

So, you can actually feel your own cervix!

Reach inside your vagina with a finger and you’ll be able to feel something moist and smooth, kind of like if you take you finger and touch the inside of your cheek. Depending on where you are in your monthly cycle what it feels like can vary — sometimes it’s like the tip of your nose, sometimes like softly pursed lips.

3. What does the cervix do?

The depression at the center of the cervix is called an “os” and it’s the hole through which menstrual blood flows, and, as it’s the opening of your cervix, it can dilate to allow for the birth of a baby.

This is also the opening through which sperm passes unless a barrier such as a condom, diaphragm or cervical cap is in its way.

4. Why does JoEllen’s cervix sometimes get hit in that one sex position and sometimes not?

So, the cervix moves during the menstrual cycle! During “infertile” times (usually around the time of your period), it cervix will be low, firm, and closed, with dry or sticky cervical mucous. If you’ve had a baby, you will likely have a slight opening even during the infertile period. As you approach ovulation, the cervix moves upward, becomes softer and opens up a bit. The cervical fluid increases and becomes watery or slippery.

Check out this illustration:

From this we can surmise that the times when I find my cervix being bumped are the aforementioned “infertile” times and thus times when my cervix is lower, firmer and drier putting it more in the line of penetrative fire (as it were) and more likely for that bumping to smart a bit. Ta-da! Science!!!

5. Why did I make that last question so specifically about MY cervix?

Because everybody is different! Some cervixes sit lower or higher all the time. It’s possible that the position I enjoy so thoroughly during the time that (as I know it now) I’m ovulating, would feel great for you all the time or would never feel good for you ever. So, while that’s the answer for me, it might not be the answer for you.

So, that’s my cervical story. What do you guys think? Did I miss anything? Let me know.

JoEllen Notte is a writer, speaker, and researcher who has been writing about sex, mental health, vibrators and how none of us are broken on her award-winning site, The Redhead Bedhead, since 2012. She is currently working on her first book, "The Monster Under The Bed: Sex, Depression, And The Conversations We Aren't Having."

 

This article was originally published at The RedHead Bedhead. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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