The cervix is a part of the female anatomy perhaps most directly associated with birth (as in “she’s __ centimeters dilated, doctor”) or pelvic exams involving pap smears for cancer detection. Most women don’t spend a lot of time exploring their cervix outside of the stirrups at the doctor’s office, but being familiar with your body’s cycles can be helpful later, especially if you are trying to get pregnant or want to use natural family planning methods.
A couple of interesting websites for those of you interested in the cervix:
At Your Cervix features a short documentary from a medical advocacy organization. According to the website, “The documentary, At Your Cervix, enters U.S. medical and nursing schools and breaks the silence around the unethical ways in which medical and nursing students learn to perform pelvic exams.” There is a short (safe for work/school) clip that is very interesting, as well as information on how to get the word out about these practices, especially for those of you nursing or medical students reading.
The Beautiful Cervix Project is a blog from a doula (a person who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth) who chronicled the changes in her cervix and other aspects of her cycle (basal temperature, discharge, mood) through one month. Very informative (with some medical-looking photos of her cervix) and interesting for those of you who have never seen a cervix or are unfamiliar with other aspects of the menstrual cycle.