How To Monitor Your Cervix for Fertility

Being aware of simple changes in your uterine cervix can help detect your most fertile times.

Here's how:

  1. Choose a time of day that is convenient, as you want to do this daily. After your bath is a good time.
  2. Have a pen and paper handy.
  3. Wash and dry hands.
  4. Choose a position that is most comfortable and do not vary from day to day. You can either stand with one foot raised (on toilet) or squat.
  5. Insert index (pointer) finger (or index and middle fingers) into vagina until cervix (opening to the uterus) can be felt. The cervix feels like a smooth indented ball.
  6. Using fingertips, detect any of the following characteristics of the cervix: closed or open, low or raised, tilted or straight, firm or soft, dry or wet. You can discern different characteristics after checking cervix more than once.
  7. Remove fingers from vagina.
  8. Wash and dry hands.
  9. Write down characteristics you observed and the date.
  10. Compare cervical characteristics to those you can read about via links on "Ovulation Prediction: Natural Methods".
  11. Follow same exact sequence daily throughout your cycle.

Tips:

  1. Keep nail clipped short on finger used.
  2. If cervix is difficult to reach, push down on abdomen just above pubic bone with other hand to lower uterus.
  3. It may take several cycles to become accurate in your observations.
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