**Warning: If you are grossed out by checking or talking about CM or CP, I would not suggest continuing to read this thread**
Welcome ladies to a terribly *TMI* guide to CP, everyone’s favorite fertility sign. If there is something you are unsure of or have questions about, please post them below and I will do my best to answer them. Please be aware that every woman’s body is different and individual adjustments may need to be made for CP tracking to be its most effective.
The main two fertility signs that are most accurate and most used are charting your BBT(Basal Body Temperature) and CM(Cervical Mucus). CP is not a fertility sign that should be tracked on its own, but instead should be used to further align with your current fertility signs, or help to alleviate any confusion between conflicting signs. If you haven’t already, most women here suggest downloading the Fertility Friend app to track your fertility signs and references to it will be made here. Please note that all CP information is entered in FF under ‘Secondary Signs’.
How to Check Your Cervical Position
-Wash your hands prior to checking your cervix.
-Chose a comfortable position either sitting, squatting, or standing with one leg elevated (like on a bathtub).
-Insert one finger into the vagina to feel for the cervix. It will be located on the ‘upper-front’ or ‘top’ of the vagina.
Please Note: Do not measure your CP at different times of the day or in different positions. For consistency measure at approximately the same time each day and in the same position.
Your Cervical Position During Your Cycle
The cervix changes considerably during different parts of your cycle. For those of you that don’t fit the cookie cutter methods of measuring, following your cycle based on the guidelines below will help you to measure your CP in the future.
During AF: The cervix position is low and hard. Generally it is slightly open to allow for blood flow.
After AF: The cervix will remain low and hard, but the opening will also close.
Approaching Ovulation: The cervix will become softer and moister while starting to rise.
Ovulation: The cervix becomes soft and may seem almost out of reach (or out of reach for some women). The opening will be open.
After Ovulation: The cervix becomes more firm and begins to drop again. The opening will be closed tightly.
Pregnancy: The cervix will rise and become soft similar to that of ovulation. Although, the opening will remain closed. Generally this occurs after 12DPO.
The position of your cervix is measured as high, medium, or low. One method that works for many women, but not all is the ‘Knuckle Method’. See the diagram below.
Low: If the cervix can be reached before the or at the first knuckle, it is considered ‘low’. To understand what your particular body’s ‘low’ is, check your cervix during or shortly after AF.
Medium: This will occur after AF and is characterized by the cervix being between the first and second knuckle on your finger. This can be measured anywhere between the few days following AF and before your FW. Your body is ramping up for ovulation and as the cervix moves higher, you are closer and closer to ovulation.
High: This occurs within a day or two before ovulation through ovulation. Your cervix will be difficult to reach falling between the second and third knuckle, or for many ladies, even out of reach. This is your peak ovulation time as your cervix prepares for the entry of sperm.
Hard: A hard textured cervix will feel similar to the tip of your nose. This can be observed during or just after AF.
Medium: A medium texture will occur for majority of the cycle, generally feeling less stiff and moister than your cervix at the beginning of your cycle.
Soft: A soft texture is often said to feel more like the texture of your lips. Personally, mine has never been quite that texture but there is a considerable difference in stiffness and moisture from the beginning of my cycle. Don’t be concerned if you do not fit this description perfectly.
Closed: Your cervix will be closed for majority of your cycle including after AF and during your luteal phase. The opening may feel tight, like a dimple at this time.
Medium: The cervix will begin to open slightly as ovulation approaches. This is most easily felt as the texture also tends to soften.
Open: The cervix is open during the peak of your cycle, ovulation. As the cervix is soft, you are often able to run the tip of your finger over the opening and notice it seems to move with ease. In my experience, this has been the easiest way for me to determine when the cervix is open.
Many people do not recognize the opening and closing of the cervix on its own, so don’t worry if you’re struggling to determine if your cervix is closed, medium or open. Spend the next cycle checking daily to have a basis of comparison. Once you’ve felt it closed, open seems like a night and day difference.
The ideal cervical position that occurs at ovulation is a combination of a high position, soft texture and an open opening. This is the only combination in which FF will consider it a sign of ovulation and the CP for that day will show green. This is not to say that your CP is not contributing to your tracking. Even if you never feel like you achieve ‘High/Soft/Open’, the pattern will show you useful information in regards to ovulation.
Below is a copy of one of my charts to exemplify how CP changes throughout one’s cycle.
Please feel free to ask any questions or for clarification below. If you like this guide and would like to see others on different topics related to TTC, please let me know.