Monitor Your Cervix To Predict Ovulation (Episode 6)

Dr. Tash, leading fertility expert explains how to check your cervix position and texture to learn when you're fertile.

In addition to this video, see our "how-to" step-by-step guide with images here Cervix Observations Guide.

In this episode you will learn the following:

In the video we are going to discuss how feeling your cervix can provide signs of fertility. The cervix goes through a series of changes during the menstrual cycle. It will change from an infertile state at the start of your cycle to a fertile state prior to ovulation, back to its infertile state after ovulation. In this episode of the series, you will learn:
  • Your cervix changes in response to hormones.
  • What changes the cervix goes through during your menstrual cycle.
  • How to self-examine and monitor your cervix.
  • How you can recognize the cervical changes.
  • How your cervix feel when you are most fertile.

About this Series

Dr Tash, leading fertility & pregnancy expert explains how to get pregnant. 1 in 6 couples struggle with getting pregnant after 12 months, this series digs deep in to how you can get pregnant naturally. Sperm and egg must meet within a small 12-24 hour window within the menstrual cycle. You will learn how you can maximize your chances of conceiving and increase your chances of getting pregnant faster.

Ovulation has produced this video series with leading fertility expert, Dr Natasha Andreadis (Dr Tash).

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Video Transcript

I'm Dr. Tash. In this video, we'll be talking about how your cervix can tell you if you're fertile.

In response to hormonal fluctuations your cervix can change its position in your vagina, and in doing so you can actually figure out where you are most fertile.

Your cervix is your gateway to your uterus. It's a very important structure. It's about two to three centimeters long. It's cylindrical, and it connects your vagina to your uterus. As you can see here, it's also the gateway to sperm.

In the first half of the cycle, your cervix falls lower into the vagina. When you put your finger in to feel your cervix, what you might feel is, in fact, a firm cervix, a bit like the tip of your nose.

Around the time of ovulation when you're becoming more fertile, your cervix actually changes position in the vagina. It actually rises up higher. So if you were to feel your cervix, you would find that it would feel a bit more like your lips rather than the tip of your nose.

There's a great way to remember what your cervix should feel like around ovulation. It should SHOW off. It should be soft, high, open, and wet.

Checking your cervix is really quite simple. All you need to do is pop your finger in just like when you're putting a tampon in, but without the tampon. You're feeling around. It's really that simple.

Monitoring your cervix in this way is actually a great way to help, because it'll help you figure out when you're most fertile. But it's not for everyone. So if you don't feel comfortable doing this, that's okay.

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  1. Jamie Feb 15, 2017
    I can't figure out weather not cervix is open or closed or is like high or low.
    1. Christina (OC Team): Have a look at this guide for instructions on checking your cervix - (Feb 22, 2017)
  2. Cathrine Feb 25, 2017
    I always feel my cervix and have sex on my fertile days but no success. My doctor says infertile. What could be wrong with me?
    1. Christina (OC Team): Try looking for the physical signs of ovulation to get an idea of whether you are ovulating Also, your doctor should be able to give you some more insight on why he or she said you were infertile. - (Feb 27, 2017)

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