What is your cervix supposed to feel like?
A cervix is located at the top of the vaginal canal, meaning you are unable to see and feel it. It’s normal for a woman not to be acquainted with the way her cervix feels. So, what does it mean for your ob-gyn to tell you that your cervix is soft?
It is through a woman’s cervix that sperm enters the uterus, blood leaves it, and babies stay there until day of birth.
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According to Christine Greves, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, “your cervix feels like an unripened plum, under normal circumstances. It should feel firm to the touch. But it can feel softer like a ripe plum when it’s soft.
Greves said a cervix can feel soft for several reasons including:
- when you are pregnant and about to deliver, the cervix softens in preparation for the birth process
- certain medications
- it could be something you’re born with
- it could be caused by a decrease in muscle tone
The cervix can also change during monthly cycle, says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D. “It is usually softer than normal after ovulation toward menses,” she says, as your body prepares to conceive.
How to detect a soft cervix
This mostly occurs when you’re pregnant and about to deliver, says Greves. However you can always ask your ob-gyn during your next appointment if your cervix feels softer than usual.
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You can also try feeling yourself, but if you’re not knowledgeable in cervical texture and firmness, it may be hard to really know.
Should I be worried that my cervix is soft?
For pregnant women who are almost due, a soft cervix indicates sound health. Greves says it indicates that your body is getting ready for you to deliver and the density of your cervical tissue is changing.
However, if you’re pregnant and the due date is still quite far, a soft cervix could mean trouble. Greves said, “there can be situations where, if the cervix does feel soft, that can raise our concern as to whether the cervix is going to be able to provide that protective barrier and keep the baby in up to term. It actually depends on when it’s soft.”
For women who aren’t pregnant, having a soft cervix might aid with pain when a woman is having an IUD inserted.
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