What is cervix tracking?

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    stina_manson

    I'm 2-3dpo and my cervix is still high, medium soft but closed what does that mean?

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    Because every woman's cycle is different, it's hard to say what your cervical position indicates without more context. If you'd like personalized assistance with your data and an in-depth chart review, I recommend you purchase KindaraCare through the Kindara app. Purchasing KindaraCare will connect you to one of our expert fertility counselors, who will work with you over the course of a month to make sure you understand everything that's going on with your charts :)

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    Jess

    Hi! So I'm new to kindara but I'd like to use it to understand my cycle and my body, and I was just wondering how important tracking the cervix is to tracking my cycle? I'm still a virgin and will be until I get married, and I don't use tampons because it's a little too painful, so I don't know if I'll be able to get a finger in to check it out. I've been to my gyno and it's nothing serious, but it's pretty uncomfortable to have anything in my vagina at the moment.

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    Courtney

    Hi jrdubois7, While tracking cervical changes can provide additional confirmation of your fertile days, it's not as important as tracking your temperatures and cervical fluid. So no, it's not necessary to check your cervix if you don't want to :) Just be sure to track your temps and CF each day. 

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    marykat

    AF is 5 days late, and my cervix has been high, Pretty hard to reach it is so high, medium firm, and I think closed because it has a small slit as opposed to an actual opening. Could that mean I am pregnant??

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    Courtney

    Hi Marykat! Well, your cervix data alone is not enough to be able to say whether you could be pregnant. We'd need to look at your basal body temperatures and cervical fluid data over the course of your cycle to see whether pregnancy could be possible. But, the only way to truly know if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. 

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    sarahsdarby

    I'm almost 10 weeks postpartum and my cervix has been rather open the whole time (second vaginal birth) is it going to be useful to track at all?

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    marcel.erlank

    I am still unsure as to how to feel for the opening.  I can feel that my cervix is very high and soft, not firm like it was yesterday, but I don't know what I'm suppose to feel to be able to feel the opening? 

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    Courtney

    Hey Sarah, yes, after giving birth your cervix will be more open and softer throughout your cycle. However, you should still be able to track the height of your cervix with accuracy, and you may still be able to detect changes in the firmness and opening of the os - you'll need to track your cervix throughout a cycle or two to see how your cervical patterns have changed since you gave birth. 

    Marcel - The opening can definitely be a little tricky to find! It should feel like a small dent or hole, and is usually somewhere around the middle of your cervix, though not always - sometimes the location of the os will change throughout a woman's cycle, or sometimes the os just tends to be off to the side, or high or low on the cervix. When it's open, it's more difficult to miss - so if your cervix is getting higher and softer, keep checking for it, as it may become more open  soon. 

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    Elizabeth Erickson

    I've been charting for 2 months, and have been unsuccessful at finding my cervix, or I guess knowing what to feel for... Any advice?

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    Sam

    Hello!  Thank you for writing!  Sometimes you can try squatting while you try to locate your cervix, many women find this helpful.

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    shannon.s.denton

    First of all, thank you for this information. I have been interested in incorporating this aspect of charting into my daily routine, but didn't know how to decode the information. I was wondering how big is the opening of the OS when it is considered open? Will it be big enough to fit a finger in or will it be more subtle? Thank you.

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    Sam

    Hi Shannon,

    Everyone has a different sized cervix, and whether or not you have given birth will affect the size of the opening.  Generally, when it's closed, it may feel like more of a dimple than an actual opening.  But for each individual, the best thing you can do is to monitor the changes in your cervix yourself and learn the differences between opened and closed for your own personal cervix.  Hope this helps!

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    Rebekah Botero

    I'm with the person above me, I can't seem to find it! I've reached as far as I can but to no avail.

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    shannon.s.denton

    Rebekah,

    I couldn't reach my cervix until I birthed my first child. My NFP instructor said it was normal for it to be very high before pregnancy.

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    Sam

    Hi Rebekah,

    I would agree. If you're unable to feel your cervix, tracking bbt and cervical fluid should be sufficient to understand your cycle!

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    evatalia

    I've noticed when tracking my cervix height that my finger can be far in (which would make me think to mark "high" for cervical height) but at the same time I have to angle my finger down towards the abdomen in order to touch the opening, which maybe could mean low? So I'm confused about depth vs height, the angle of the finger, and how I can better understand my anatomy in order to chart this aspect.

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    Lauren

    Hi Evatalia, thanks for your question!  When we talk about the 'height' of the cervix, we're referring to the height of the cervix in the vagina.  If it helps, you could also think of this as the "depth" of the cervix in your vagina.  So if you have to reach your finger really far into your vagina to touch it (even if you need to angle your finger down) this would be considered "high."  If you reach in and find your cervix near the opening of your vagina and don't need to reach in very far, this is considered "low."  I hope that helps!

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    sarahhoyt

    First time tracking my cervix. As expected it was high and soft during ovulation. After ovulation it dropped to what I would consider low. I have not started my period yet but it had gone all the way up to High, almost unreachable. What would cause it to drop and then go back up?

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    Lauren

    Hi Sarah, thanks for contacting us!  First off, are you checking your cervix at the same time every day?  The time of day that you observe your cervix can have a big impact on how high it feels in your vagina.  Otherwise, it's possible this is simply your unique fertility pattern and if you track for a few cycles you'll probably get the hang of your own patterns pretty quickly!  Let me know if you have any other questions, I'll do my best to help.

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    je062787

    Dec 22

    Hello! I had my period on Dec 4th and am due for it Dec 30th or 31st. My cervix has been opened since Dec 11th. Is this normal? Maybe I'm not doing something right? I thought my cervix was supposed to close up at some point.

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    clara.e.black

    Hi there, I've seen others log this info on their charts, but can't find it in my data (custom data only provides check mark, not cervix height and shape). Thanks!

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    shannon.s.denton

    Clara, you have to go to settings and turn on cervix tracking if you want to open that section in your chart.

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    chantal.teitelbaum

    You could add some illustration about how the cervix would feel, is very hard to understand like this. Tks

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    e.m.callicott

    Hi there,

    I have a 5 month old and I just got my cycle again and started tracking my cervical fluid as well as cervical position. Not surprisingly, it's hard to track my BBT because I don't regularly get 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep before waking in the morning. While so far I've found it helpful to track my cervical fluid, I understand that CF and BBT are complementary. So I know when I'm about to ovulate because of my CF but can I use cervical position as a way to reliably confirm that I've ovulated? Right now my husband and I are being really safe to try and NOT get pregnant again, but until I can reliably track BBT, it would be nice if I could find a way other than BBT to tell when I've ovulated.

    Thanks!

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