How to feel your own cervix

Feeling your cervix can tell you a few things about where your body is at, for example the difference between when you are ovulating and when you are getting your period.

How to feel your cervix

  1. First, look at a diagram to see exactly where your cervix is located, so when you try to find it, you are looking in the right place.
  2. How long your vagina is will vary both between women and at different times of your cycle, but you should expect to hit your cervix between 3-6″ or 7-15cm inside.
  3. Wash your hands and dry them. Don’t use moisturiser.
  4. Check your nails!
  5. Get comfortable – sitting is usually easier than standing or lying, as it squishes your cervix towards the vaginal opening. Try sitting on the edge of a bath or your bed, knees apart.
  6. Insert your longest finger into your vagina, gently. Go slow – no hurry. If you need to use a lubricant, do so, but don’t use moisturiser, Vaseline or anything else that comes in a bottle or tube that is not specifically labelled as lubricant. Coconut oil works.
  7. Feel your cervix! You’ll know if you have it, because your finger won’t be able to go and further. It might feel soft or firm, depending if you are ovulating or not.
  8. At first you won’t know if you are ovulating or not, but here is our guide to figuring out if you are ovulating.

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Jessica Lloyd - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)