The Cervix

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Use of a menstrual cup helps many women become better acquainted with their bodies, and the internal anatomy of the vagina becomes more and more familiar. Especially if you happen to have the cup leak often, it is important to know and discover the cervix. The cervix is the point from which menstrual blood flows out of the womb, about the pinhead-sized hole to the vagina.

If you explore the cervix with your finger, it feels a bit like the tip of your nose. And it looks - well, about like a little pink donut. Some women can touch the cervix with the fingertip while others have it higher in the vagina so that the finger is not long enough to reach it. The cervix may be situated just in the middle of the vagina or slightly on the other side. It can also be slightly tilted forward or backward.

The cervix may move at different stages of the menstrual cycle

The most common cervical motion during menstruation is its descent. However, there are other situations where movements happen: the woman's vagina expands in response to sexual arousal and the cervix retreats backward. After having given birth, the cervix descends lower than in the past.

Uterine prolapse is a serious condition in which the pelvic floor tissue structure weakens and results in gynecological descend. Mild uterine prolapse can be practically asymptomatic, and it is easy to take care of by practicing the pelvic floor muscles. In severe cases, the symptoms include urinary incontinence, or on the other hand, difficulties in bladder emptying, a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis bottom, a substantial tightening downwards and lower back pain.

The vaginal orifice may appear bulged. If the prolapse is already developed, muscle training of the pelvic floor has not been shown to be beneficial in the treatment. Most commonly such cases are treated with a variety of assistive devices, such as deposition rings and estrogen therapy.

Depositions develop over time for every five women with aging. Young women and women who have not given birth depositions are rare. Deposition can be prevented through weight management (in women with overweight the internal abdominal pressure stress increases the risk of deposition).

In addition, for example, constipation should be taken care of as soon as symptoms show. During menopause, it is important to take care of the necessary intake of estrogen. Full-term pregnancy, despite the childbirth manner, increases the risk of the deposition development. In particular, difficult labor, such a suction cup, forceps or downhill delivery expose to the deposition. The best means of prevention is an active exercise of the pelvic floor muscles.

If the menstrual cup has bypass leakages, you should locate your cervix position

If the cup is set too high in the vagina next to the cervix or above it, the cup cannot get to collect menstrual flow. The cup may then also press the cervix causing an unpleasant feeling, even pain. You should, therefore, ensure that the cup is sufficiently low relative to the cervix. With some women the cervix is situating low, the best manner is to place it in the menstrual cup.

Beautiful Cervix Project is a site where you can find a sequence of cervix images of different aged women and changes in the cervix, for example, at various stages of the menstrual cycle as well as in connection with various gynecological procedures.

You’ll find more information on cervix on our info pages. It contains information about your anatomy and an image showing the right place of the cup.