Updated: Aug 17, 2021
What is a cervix and where can I find one?
The cervix is the base of the uterus and is located at the back (or top) of the vagina. Most women (but not all) can feel their cervix by inserting a finger into their vagina while squatting or lying down.
The cervix is round and looks a bit like a donut, with a hole in the middle that widens and narrows to allow for the passage of menstrual blood during the period, cervical fluid during ovulation, and a baby during childbirth. Check out some photos of the cervix throughout the cycle at the Beautiful Cervix Project.
The cervix feels like the tip of your nose most of the time, though before and during ovulation it softens to feel more like your lips.
The cervix changes a lot throughout the cycle, but it does more than open and close; the cervix also performs the vital role of producing cervical fluid! Cervical fluid, which you can learn more about here, is a key component in achieving pregnancy. It allows sperm to survive the long and perilous journey to meet up with and fertilize an egg.
What about all the things that can go wrong with the cervix?
Cervical cancer, polyps, HPV, or dysplasia...if you’ve ever had a pap smear, you know that there are definitely things that can come up with the cervix. But why? What’s the underlying cause of cervical health issues?
Like so many parts of our amazing bodies, the cervix responds to our emotional state of being. Chronic fear, stress, anger, or sadness can cause changes and issues with the cervix, as it is the guardian that either allows or prevents things from coming into or flowing out of our bodies. How might your cervix be affected if you are allowing harmful people, energy, or thoughts into your life? Dis-ease is a messenger, telling us that something needs attention.
Fortunately, humans are amazingly resilient. Our bodies know how to heal if given the right environment. And just so with the cervix. Addressing the root causes, whether emotional or physical (don’t get me wrong, you may need to support both the physical and emotional body) sets your body up for vibrant health and healing.
The cervix can and does heal itself. What an amazing organ!
A great book on the topic of cervical health and healing is Informed, Aware, Empowered.
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