Do you have a low, mid, or high cervix?
Knowing the position of your cervix, whether it is located low or high, will help in determining which size menstrual cup may be best suited for you, as well as whether or not you should trim the stem. Knowing how to check your cervical location can also be helpful in understanding when you are ovulating.
Your cervix is positioned at the end of your vaginal canal (usually around 7.5 to 15cm inside the vagina). Imagine a long hallway with a door at the end. The door is the beginning of your cervix. The cervix attaches to the vaginal wall and is sometimes described as feeling like the end of a nose. Where the vaginal canal is soft, the beginning of the cervix is firm.
Since your cervical position can change during your monthly cycle, we recommend checking the height of your cervix a couple times during your period. This will be more accurate than checking in the middle of your monthly cycle, such as during ovulation when your cervix may be positioned higher.
Please note: If you currently have a yeast infection or any other form of vaginal infection, it is best NOT to check your cervix until this is all cleared up.
How to check the position of your cervix
First things first – wash your hands thoroughly. Not much explanation needed here. You will be inserting your fingers into your vaginal canal, so to reduce any chances of introducing infection, make sure they are clean! Do not apply any moisturisers to your hands prior to feeling your cervix. You may also want to consider trimming your nails if they are long, in order to avoid potential scratches – ouch!
Next, find a comfortable position. Some of the best positions for checking your cervix is either squatting, sitting on the toilet, or raising up one leg and resting it on the toilet seat, side of the bath, or a chair.
Gently insert your index finger into your vagina. Use an inwards and upwards motion and move your finger in as far as it will go. You will know when you are touching your cervix, as your finger will not be able to reach any further. You will also feel the firm donut shape of your cervix. If you are ovulating, your cervix will most likely be located higher. It will then be located lower once you have finished ovulating. To get an idea of whether you have a low or high cervix (for the purpose of choosing a menstrual cup), you may want to check your cervix a few times over the course of your cycle (at roughly the same time of day), to determine an average position. When deciding on your cervix height for a menstrual cup, base it on you’re non-ovulating position. Do not check your cervix before, during, or after sexual intercourse.
Once you have located your cervix, use the knuckle rule to determine whether or not your cervix could be considered low, average, or high. If you are touching your cervix by your first knuckle, then consider your cervix low. In this instance, you may find that the stem of the cup could protrude a little. In this case you could trim the end of your cup to make it more comfortable. However, do not do this until you are confident in removing your cup, as you cervix may move higher up during your cycle.
If you are touching your cervix by the second knuckle then consider it an average height. You should be able to comfortably wear your menstrual cup.
If you are touching your cervix beyond the second knuckle and up to the third, then consider yourself to have a high cervix. Try to position your menstrual cup lower in your vaginal canal. It may travel up the canal a little, however, this just makes it a little trickier to remove. With practice, it shouldn’t cause you any long term grief or difficulties.