Charting Fertility Using Cervical Position
Charting your fertility can be useful when you want to become pregnant. You can chart by a number of factors, including temperature, date, cervical mucous, and cervical position. By charting any or all of these variables, you can determine which days you are most fertile.
Using cervical position to chart fertility is the most invasive of the charting methods. It can introduce bacteria into the vagina, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands before checking your cervix. It is, however, one of more reliable methods to check for ovulation. Your cervical position can tell when ovulation is going to occur and also that it has occurred. Your cervical position can also be used to determine pregnancy.
Because you will be comparing cervical position to previous position, this is a method that takes some times to learn. You will be comparing the position over the course of a month, so it does take a while to learn your body’s normal cervical positions.
A good time to check your cervical position is right after bathing. The vaginal area will be clean and so will your fingers. It’s also a good idea to have your nails trimmed, so you don’t scratch the sensitive tissue inside.
You can check your cervical position in a few different ways. One of the most popular ways is to stand with one leg on the edge of a bathtub. You can also check while sitting on a toilet. Gently use one or two fingers to insert into the vagina and feel for the cervix. The cervix is located in the upper front or top of the cavity.
During menstruation, the beginning of the cycle, the cervix will be low, hard, and slightly open to allow for blood flow. Because you will know that you are starting your cycle, it’s not necessary to check during these days. After your period is over, the cervix will stay hard and low, but closes.
As you get close to ovulation, the cervix rises and becomes softer. When ovulation occurs, the cervix will start to open to allow sperm to enter. Sometimes it might be so high that it’s hard to reach.
After you ovulate, the cervix drops again and firms up. The end will be closed tightly, but women who have had children may feel like they are open due to stretching. If pregnancy as occurred, the cervix will rise again and get soft. For some women this happens as soon as twelve days after conception. For other women, this doesn’t happen until much later.
Checking cervical position is not always the most advisable way to check your fertility because it can introduce germs into the vagina. However, it is reliable if done properly. Always wash your hands with soap and hot water before checking your cervical position. You will need to chart your cervical position for at least a month before you will see a pattern and be able to determine the difference in position.