The cervix is an additional indicator of fertility, and can provide useful information about impending ovulation. As ovulation approaches, the cervix elevates itself, opens up and becomes softer. After ovulation, it lowers, closes and hardens. Observing your cervix is relatively simple if you follow a few guidelines:
- Start cervical examination one day after the end of menstruation.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before examining the cervix.
Check the cervix every day, more or less at the same time (for example, in the morning or in the evening, after taking a shower), because the cervix may change its position during the day. The cervix is often elevated in the morning and lower in the evening.
- Always check the cervix while in the same position, such as while standing with one leg leaning against a chair or a bathtub, or crouching. Whichever position you choose, do not change it, as it could alter your observations.
To check the cervix, insert your middle finger into the vagina and note the position, texture and degree of opening of the cervix (Which positions may the cervix assume? How to record this observation in OvuFriend?)
- While checking your cervix, pay attention to the mucus present inside the vagina (is there mucus? is it moist? slippery?) It may take some practice to become skilled at examining your cervix. It may even take a couple of cycles to notice the differences between its position, texture and opening. If you're unable to determine all the indicators, just enter the ones that you can (for example, if you cannot evaluate the opening of the cervix, but you do sense a change in its position, it is enough for you to only enter its position.)