As you become familiar with your cervix position and how it feels before, during, and after ovulation, you will have a better grasp of when the best time for you to try and get pregnant will be. There are continual changes in cervical positions throughout the cycle. There are also changes in cervical position during pregnancy, and even cervical positions in early pregnancy differ. Don’t be dismayed. Just read on and apply the steps to understanding the changes in the cervix.
As your estrogen levels change throughout your menstrual cycle, your cervix position changes.
- When you are not fertile, your cervix positioning is low, closed, and firm.
- As you get closer to ovulating, your estrogen levels begin to increase, and you reach your most fertile days.
- During the ovulation period, your cervix’s positioning becomes higher, softer, more open, and wet.
- When you have finished ovulating (approximately 2-3 days later), your cervix reverts back to a lower, closed position.
Your cervix is open only during the fertile phase in order to allow sperm to reach the uterus and ultimately the egg. However, it is important to note that in some instances, especially if you have ever given birth, your cervix may always feel slightly open. Nonetheless, as you ovulate, your cervix will still change and open more. You should still be able to notice a difference in the height and softness of the cervix.
Once you become more familiar with how your cervix feels during each part of your cycle, the easier it will be to determine when you are at your peak fertile time. You may want to track your cervical positioning on a fertility chart or ovulation calendar. This will help with pre-planning the time when you should concentrate more on getting pregnant.
Lastly, be sure to check your cervical positioning at the same time of the day. More importantly, don’t bother checking the position of the cervix during or after sex, as it actually moves around during this time, whether or not you are ovulating.
In addition to knowing what your cervix position is on any given day, it is also important to understand the importance of your estrogen levels and the role they play in fertility. Levels of estrogen are known to increase in the pre-ovulation part of the menstrual cycle and as you reach your most fertile time. Fortunately today, there are a variety of methods that you can use to help track your estrogen levels and pinpoint even more when you are most fertile.
Easier than tracking cervical positions is using The Fertility Tracker fertility monitor. Simply lick a slide each morning, wait for it to dry, and then compare the results to the 44-page booklet included. Checking the cervix’s position can be invasive and messy. The Fertility Tracker also lets you revisit your results for 5 previous days as well. Check it out in our Beyond Fertility Store and compare it with other products as well. Click for more information about the Fertility Tracker – How it Works.