Now you can track your cervical position in Ovia Fertility! Cervix position is one of many natural clues your body gives you about when you’re ovulating, and we’re happy to include it in our app. You guys have been asking for it!
Ovia’s algorithms help you learn when you’re most (and least) fertile by interpreting the data you track–including moods, cervical mucus, temperature, and now cervix position–to give you a daily fertility score. The more you track, the more accurately Ovia can predict when you’re ovulating.
How do I track my cervix position?
First, note that tracking your cervical position can take some getting used to, especially because subtle changes in your cervix often aren’t easy to notice. You’ll probably have to track by comparing how your cervix feels to the day before. In a week or so, you’ll begin to get more comfortable noticing changes and patterns.
The three things you’ll be tracking are:
- Height: Refers to the how short the cervix becomes in the vaginal canal. Shorter = higher.
- Firmness: Refers to how the surface of the cervix feels. Is it soft and squishy? Is it firm like the tip of your nose?
- Openness: How open does your cervix feel? Is it closed, open like a little inner tube, or something in between?
To track, start by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Be careful with long or sharp nails; they can scrape and cause pain or infections (ouch!).
Find a comfortable position that will give you deep access to your vagina. Many women use the “legs apart” or “one leg raised” move here. Using your index or middle finger, insert several inches into your vaginal canal until you feel your cervix. It’s the far end of your vagina, a little caplike passage that separates your uterus from your vaginal canal. Your cervix will feel more smooth and solid than your vagina.
Try to track at the same time each day for consistency’s sake, and don’t track right before, during, or after intercourse. Your cervix moves quite a bit when you’re aroused, which can throw off your measurements.
How does cervical position indicate ovulation?
If you’re ovulating, your cervix will feel high up, making it harder to reach, and it’ll feel soft and open. This openness allows any sperm in the area to enter your uterus and potentially fertilize an egg waiting there. In contrast, your cervix will feel low, hard, and closed when you aren’t in the fertile part of your cycle.
Here’s a quick reference guide to how your cervix may feel during different fertility levels and cycle times, including pregnancy:
- Position: High (hard to reach)
- Firmness/Texture: Soft (like your lips)
- Openness: Open (tip of your finger can rest in the little divot, more circular)
Fertile window (approaching ovulation):
- Position: Medium
- Firmness: Medium (chin-like)
- Openness: Medium
Not fertile (both follicular phase and luteal phase):
- Position: Low
- Firmness: Hard (tip of your nose)
- Openness: Closed (like pinching your fingers)
- Position: High
- Firmness: Soft
- Openness: Closed
We hope you like this new feature! It’s only available for Ovia Fertility for iOS currently, but the Android version is on the way. Please let us know your comments, questions, or feedback in the comments below.