How to find out if you have high cervix
If you’ve ever had the slightly panic-inducing experience of not being able to reach your menstrual cup when it comes time to remove and empty it, chances are you have a high cervix. This essentially means that your vaginal canal is on the longer side, and your cup has more opportunity to slide further up inside you to sit underneath your cervix. Think of your vagina like a tube, with the cervix positioned at the end opposite your vaginal opening. The higher your cervix is, the further away it will be from your opening!
Having a high cervix doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you (at all!) but it’s an important thing to consider when choosing a menstrual cup. If you have a high cervix, you should choose a menstrual cup that has a longer body, so that the base of the cup sits within reach for your fingers. Sometimes it’s not enough to simply choose a cup with a longer stem, as it is very important to be able to reach the base of your cup to break the suction seal before attempting removal. Choose a cup that’s too short, and you’ll likely be struggling to reach the base, having to “push” or bear down hard to remove your cup or resorting to pulling on the stem. This can be painful and have potentially harmful effects on your body. If you are struggling to remove your menstrual cup, get some helpful tips from our blog on what to do if your menstrual cup is stuck.
How do I know if I have a high cervix?
It’s easy to find your cervical position yourself at home. It’s best to monitor your cervical position on a few different days during your period, as your cervix can often sit lower during the first few days of your period before moving higher towards the end. This is completely normal! If your cervix moves significantly, you may need to choose two different cups to use on different days of your cycle.
If you can insert your index finger all the way into your vagina and only just touch your cervix (which feels like a little springy donut) or can’t touch it at all, this indicates you probably have a high cervix.
If your fingers are short, you may wish to reach in and find your cervix, taking note of how far in your finger is, and then place your finger alongside a ruler to get a more accurate measurement. You should then choose a cup that has a length appropriate for the height of your cervix.
Why does it matter anyway?
When choosing a menstrual cup it is important to know your cervical position and to select a longer bodied cup. A shorter cup may be more difficult to reach when it comes time to remove it.