Post # 1
To help give me another clue to my cycle, I’m trying to get into charting my cervical position. I think I have the firmness and the low – high thing down, but the opening…well, it always feels a little bit open to me. Does anyone else experience this?
I’ve never had a baby before, which IIRC can make the opening stay sort of open, but I did have an IUD about 6 years ago. I had it for about five months and had to get it taken out due to complications. Could this be why I feel like it’s always a little open?
Post # 3
I have been charting it since the beginning of my cycle this month. (I should have ovulated yesteday or day before at abt 18 days). But for the life of me, I can’t tell if the bloody thing is open or closed! And half the time I can’t reach it even when I am squatting!
I find this to be the most confusing of all signs.
Post # 4
When I was charting CP closed definitely felt like a line (which would slowly go from a frown to circle as it opened- my DR once commented on it). I have heard that women that have previously had children may feel a bigger opening though.
Post # 5
Gosh, I can’t even get charting my CM down – I have NO CLUE what my cervix even feels like, let alone when it’s open or closed. I know this is an unhelpful post, but I just wanted to congratulate you on knowing what your cervix feels like to begin with.
Post # 6
@kate02121: haha, I was the same way at first! I thought, “there’s no way I can even reach the thing.” But it’s easier than you think, and when it’s low and firm, it kind of feels like a nose to me (but firmer). It gets harder to reach when it gets higher.
Truthfully, I prefer not to check it, but this month has been so confusing in my chart, that I thought having one more sign to check in the future couldn’t hurt.
Post # 7
@MrsRugbee: Interesting! Maybe my fingertips just aren’t sensitive enough to feel the difference between open and closed. In that case, I suppose having the height and firmness will have to do.
Post # 8
@Sasha2011: I find this to be the most confusing of all signs.
Amen to that. And also the one I am most squeamish about. I don’t really like touching my cervix, it feels like I’m messing with something that should be left alone.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
@IAmTheShadow: Mine would feel distinctly open or closed for me. Closed was tiny like the head of a pearl-head needle or smaller while open was like the tip of my pinky. I’m curious to see how it changes once baby’s here.
Post # 10
@IAmTheShadow: Haha I agree. I’ve been trying to chart it, but part of me keeps thinking it’s up there for a reason…
Post # 11
I’m like you- I understand high/low for sure, that one’s easy! The firm/soft is somewhat apparent, too. But open/closed? I have no idea! Haha
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Yes. But it’s more that I can tell when it’s MORE OPEN than when it’s closed. You’ll always be able to feel the “os” (opening) even when the cervix isn’t open, but you should notice a softening of the tissue (it will feel more like the inside of your cheek versus the tip of your nose) and a larger dip or hole in the center, which is the os. If you put your fingertip into the os, it should be larger when your cervix is open, but it might be subtle depending on the person.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@IAmTheShadow: I can tell when it’s soft but I can never tell when it’s closed.