Finding the Cervix

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Registered: 02-05-2007
Finding the Cervix
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 11:32am

Hello Ladies:

I consider myself a fairly intelligent person but this is likely to sound like a very ignorant question :womanembarrassed:but...

How do I identify my cervix? I have been charting for years using temperature and CM but now I am attempting to start tracking position as well. I have gone on the search to find it but I am not sure I am locating the right thing. I have read where if you insert two fingers (clean of course) and angle towards the back and up you will feel something that feels like the tip of my nose or my lips (depending upon the cycle stage) and should feel a little indentation in the middle. Well I feel lots of stuff in there but I don't know if any of it is the cervix. Perhaps my body is made oddly but it does feel like something is suspended inside and I can move my fingers around it. But it is always at the entrance to the vagina and not way up like I have heard described. Could that be it? Or do I need medical intervention? I have had a vaginal delivery, vaginal fibroid surgeries and been through two IVF cycles. I say this only to indicate that if there was something odd in there, I would imagine one of these docs would have mentioned something. I have been told that my cervix has a bit of a something to it by the RE during the transfer process which makes it a bit more difficult for them to get into the right position but that's all. I can't believe I need an anatomy lesson at my age but I haven't spent a lot of time fooling around on the inside. Any insights would be appreciated. I am at CD2 so I wont be exploring for a few more days but would like to master this this cycle if possible. Thanks!

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Registered: 02-05-2007
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 11:20am
Thanks Vicki. I will keep at it and try the finger along the back wall once AF has left. I will also invest in a speculum and get to know myself a little better. ;-> The RE thought my cervix had a little hood or something which he believes resulted from the vaginal fibroid surgeries I have had. The uterus, thank God, is perfect. I have enough problems. LOL
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Registered: 04-21-2010
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 2:18pm

This is something I had trouble with too!

There are 3 different positions that you can use to check the cervix. Sitting on the toliet, squatting or standing with your foot propped on the  tub or toliet seat. You can experiment with each one to see which works best for you.

Your cervix will be low right after AF so it will be easier to find. It will probably feel firm like the tip of your nose. The easiest way I found to check is using one finger and glide it along the vaginal wall towards the back. You should feel your finger stop when you reach it. The RE probably noticed you have a tipped uterus which will cause the cervix to lean against a wall of the vagina. You can still check it although you may not be able to move your finger completely around it.

It takes practice and may even take a cycle or 2 to feel all the different positions and textures. Hope that helps a little. Let me know if you have more questions. I'll do my best to answer

Vickie

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Registered: 02-05-2007
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 1:35pm
:smileyhappy: I must have been out the day this stuff was covered in my biology class. LOL