Do you know what a cervix looks like? If you haven’t already searched Google images for it (which we highly recommend you do), we’re here to break it down for ya. During menstruation, the cervix plays a key role in this process. Knowing where your period comes from not only helps you understand your body more, but it empowers you!
Ok, but what even is a cervix?
It’s basically the “neck” of the uterus. Wait...my uterus has a neck….? Sort of. It’s a narrow neck-like passage that lies below the uterus and above the vagina. During menstruation, the blood travels down a pin-sized hole into the vaginal canal. How freaking awesome is that?
For some people, the cervix moves significantly lower during their period. Since the cervix is usually relatively high in the vagina and the menstrual cup is placed low in the vagina, the cervix remains above the cup. If the cervix sits low, it may be positioned inside the cup. In contrast, tampons generally sit further up inside the vagina, just where the cervix is located.
High cervix, low cervix and your menstrual cup
Menstrual cup leaks are more frequent for women when the cervix moves lower during menstruation or if their menstrual cup has been inserted too high in the vagina, (next to the cervix, or above it). The menstrual cup might also exert pressure on the cervix and cause discomfort and even pain. The best way to evaluate the position of your cervix is to determine if there’s leakage — if you’ve experienced leakage even when the cup has been opened, make sure that the cup is placed significantly lower than the cervix. In some women, the cervix fits best inside the menstrual cup – you’ll know what feels right. For many women, the cervix descends after giving birth, for others, it’s naturally situated low in the vagina. If you’ve given birth, you should exercise the pelvic diaphragm muscles by doing kegels. Keeping these muscles in shape is useful when using the menstrual cup. The upside? It also has the added benefit of reducing incontinence and improving sex. Who wouldn’t want that?
If you haven’t experienced menstrual cup leakage and still can’t seem to locate your cervix, there is no need go on an expedition. You’re just one of many women whose cervix is deep in the vagina – and it does not affect the use of a menstrual cup in any way! Remember, your body has its own divine internal landscape, so navigating this will be key to your comfort and success with your menstrual cup.
What to know more about menstrual cups? Check out our menstrual cup FAQ page!