Babymaking Basics: Everything You Need to Know About Your Fertility Cycle


What Does the Position of Your Cervix Tell You?
The position of your cervix, the lower portion of the uterus, can also be very helpful in gauging your fertility. In the first half of your menstrual cycle, prior to ovulation, your cervix will feel firm, and be low in your vagina. It will feel closed and dry. Around the time of ovulation, the cervix softens, opens, lifts and becomes very receptive to sperm, allowing them to more easily make their way to meet the waiting egg. Within a few days following ovulation, the cervix again becomes firm and the entrance is closed.

Here Are Some Guidelines for Checking the Position of Your Cervix:


  • Wash your hands prior to checking your cervix.
  • Check the position of your cervix around the same time each day.
  • Many women find it easy to check their cervix while they are sitting on the toilet.
  • Gently insert one or two fingers into your vagina. Reaching back you should be able to feel your cervix.
  • Does your cervix seem easy to reach (low) or difficult to reach (high)?
  • Does your cervix feel soft (like your lips) or firm (like your nose)?
  • Does the entrance of your cervix feel slightly open or closed?
  • Does your cervix feel dry, moist or very wet?
  • If you are charting your fertility signs, record your observations.


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