What does your cervix feel like before you start your period?
During menstrual bleeding, the cervix is normally low and hard and slightly open to allow the blood to flow out. It feels like the tip of your nose. After your period stops, the cervix remains low and hard and the opening to the uterus (uterine os) remains closed.
Feel for the cervix. The tip of your finger will touch the donut-shaped opening at the end of your vagina. You'll know it's your cervix if your finger isn't able to keep reaching further. The cervix may be soft, like pursed lips, or firm, like the tip of your nose, depending on whether or not you are ovulating.
- After ovulation, your cervix will drop lower in your vagina and feel firm, like the tip of your nose. During pregnancy, the pregnant cervix will rise a bit and become softer, but the timing of this happening will vary from woman to woman and making it impossible to diagnose pregnancy from examining the cervix.
- During labor the cervix also opens. When the cervix is open a couple of centimeters, you can easily slip your finger into the opening — it's like putting your finger between soft, puckered lips. If you do this, you'll probably feel the shape of your baby's head, safely encased in the amniotic sac.
- Your cervix looks and feels different when it's in the fertile stage of your menstrual cycle. When your cervix is high, soft and open, you are getting closer to ovulation. Your cervical mucus also changes—it becomes a raw egg-white consistency.
Updated: 18th November 2019