Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fives Things About Observing Cervical Position

This past (long) cycle, I've been working on getting better at observing my cervix. Observing temperature came very easily to me - it's objective and straightforwards. Observing mucus was a bit more difficult, but after one cycle I felt quite confident, and at this point, I have a pretty good feel for what's "normal" for my cycle. The cervix - it's just been more challenging! It's unfamiliar and I can't see it. Here's five things I've learned so far:

  1. Pick a time - "The Art of Natural Family Planning" and "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" both recommend sometime in the evening, because the cervix tends to be lower and easier to reach. I like to pick right before bed.
  2. Pick a position - perhaps this will change as I get better at it, but for now, I only do these observations while lying down in bed.
  3. Start at the beginning of the cycle - it's easier to observe the cervix when it's low and hard.
  4. Expect slow changes - Perhaps it's because I'm still getting the hang of it and my last cycle was strange, but so far my cervix seems to change more gradually than mucus or temperature.
  5. Be patient! Remember that many women only use mucus and temperature, so it's ok if it takes months to feel comfortable interpreting the cervix!

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