How much do you actually know about cervix? Don’t feel bad if you’re scratching your head thinking, Where’s the cervix?
A lot of women don’t even know what it is, The cervix doesn’t get nearly as much love as the uterus or ovaries, even though it has some seriously important functions, like protecting you against STIs and lending a major hand during pregnancy and childbirth.
The cervix is a tube-shaped passage at the bottom of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It’s about two inches long, and though it’s very narrow, it widens during labor so a small human can fit through it. However, the cervix is also susceptible to conditions like polyps and even cancer. Some women say the have cervical orgasms during sex, which we’re dying to find out more about. Here, we’ve rounded up eleven weird facts about cervix that every woman needs to know.
Menstrual blood travels through cervix.
The blood that comes out of you during your period is originally from the uterus. But without a cervix bridging the uterus and the vagina, there would be no way for that blood to be leave your body month after month. Another important way cervix affects menstruation: It prevents a tampon from getting lost inside of you. So be calm next time you can’t find the string, your tampon couldn’t have possibly slipped away into another part of your body.
Cervix makes pregnancy possible
The clear, slippery mucus the cervix produces during ovulation helps sperm swim from the vagina into the uterus to join up with an egg. If conception happens, that mucus thickens and plugs up the cervix, preventing microbes and other potentially harmful agents from hurting the developing fetus. When it’s time to give birth, the cervical plug discharges, and the cervix itself dilates to about 4 inches, so the baby can make its way into the world.
After delivery, cervix snaps back to size
Even after stretching ten centimeters to allow a baby to pass through it, the cervix will usually spring back to its original size. For some women, however, it can take a bit of time for the cervix to heal and go back to the way it was pre-pregnancy up to 6 weeks in some cases.
Women can still have a baby without cervix
There’s a woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 29. She already had a young son, but she feared she would lose the opportunity to grow her family, because the standard treatment meant the removal of her cervix and uterus. Then a doctor informed her about a new procedure called a radical trachelectomy, which would allow her to keep her uterus while only removing the cervix itself. This woman opted for this treatment, and her fertility has been preserved. If she gets pregnant, she’ll only need a cervical stitch that will function the way her cervix would have.
Cervix is important for fertility.
Cervical mucus is important for fertility. During the menstrual cycle, cervical mucus changes consistency, which can help sperm get to the egg. Many hormonal contraceptives interact with cervical mucus so that sperm can’t move.
Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women. You can help prevent cervical cancer by practicing safe sex, getting an HPV vaccine and getting regular gynecological checkups.
Lots of people have a cervix, but few are actually familiar with it. The cervix is a rarely-addressed part of reproductive anatomy, which is unfortunate because it is the gateway through which many of us were born. It also keeps the uterus safe from foreign invaders like bacteria.