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Cervical Changes During Menstrual Cycle (Photos)


This series is part of the Beautiful Cervix project, a grassroots movement celebrating
the beauty and intricacies of women’s bodies and fertility. 

The pictures below are from a cervix of a 25-year-old woman who has never given birth
before. Each photo was taken at approximately 10 p.m. every day starting the rst day
of her menstrual cycle. For the duration of this project, she used condoms as her birth
control method so as not to introduce seminal uid into the photoshoot. She did not
use tampons or mooncups during her menstruation either.

Cycle Days 1-14


Cervix Cycle Day 1
It's the rst day of menstrual bleeding.
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CYCLE DAY 1

Cervix Cycle Day 2


Today is the second day of menstrual
bleeding.
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CYCLE DAY 2

Cervix Cycle Day 3


See up close what the cervix looks like on day
3.
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CYCLE DAY 3

Cervix Cycle Day 4


Here's what's happening on day 4.
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CYCLE DAY 4

Cervix Cycle Day 5


There is very low ow today.
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CYCLE DAY 5

Cervix Cycle Day 6


How is cervical mucus on day 6?
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CYCLE DAY 6

Cervix Cycle Day 7


Cervix is low and closed today.
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CYCLE DAY 7

Cervix Cycle: Day 8


Cervical uid is sticky on day 8.
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CYCLE DAY 8

Cervix Cycle Day 9


There is a dry sensation on day 9.
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CYCLE DAY 9

Cervix Cycle Day 10


Cervix is low today on Day 10.
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CYCLE DAY 10

Cervix Cycle Day 11


See what's happening on Day 11.
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CYCLE DAY 11

Cervix Cycle Day 12


Cervical uid is white and milky.
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CYCLE DAY 12

Cervix Cycle Day 13


The cervix is starting to soften up.
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CYCLE DAY 13

Cervix Cycle Day 14


Cervical uid is watery on day 14.
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CYCLE DAY 14

Cycle Days 15-33


Cervix Cycle Day 15
The cervix is now open and high.
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CYCLE DAY 15

Cervix Cycle Day 16


There is egg-white consistency now.
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CYCLE DAY 16

Cervix Cycle Day 17


Certain changes taking place in the cervix
now.
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CYCLE DAY 17

Cervix Cycle Day 18


The cervical uid looks egg-white.
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CYCLE DAY 18

Cervix Cycle Day 19


Egg-white uid is now gone.
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CYCLE DAY 19

Cervix Cycle Day 20


Is mittelschmerz starting?
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CYCLE DAY 20

Cervix Cycle Day 21


The cervical uid is dry.
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CYCLE DAY 21

Cervix Cycle Day 22


Basal body temperature is starting to rise.
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CYCLE DAY 22

Cervix Cycle Day 23


Breast are tender on day 23.
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CYCLE DAY 23

Cervix Cycle Day 24


Cervix is high again.
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CYCLE DAY 24

Cervix Cycle Day 25


See what's happening on day 25.
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CYCLE DAY 25

Cervix Cycle Day 26


Breasts are swelling today.
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CYCLE DAY 26

Cervix Cycle Day 27


Cervical uid is tacky on day 27.
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CYCLE DAY 27

Cervix Cycle Day 28


See what's happening on day 28.
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CYCLE DAY 28

Cervix Cycle Day 29


The cervix feels dry on day 29.
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CYCLE DAY 29

Cervix Cycle Day 30


Breasts are feeling heavy now.
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CYCLE DAY 30

Cervix Cycle Day 31


Feeling pretty bloated on day 31.
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CYCLE DAY 31

Cervix Cycle Day 32


The cervix is low and open.
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CYCLE DAY 32

Cervix Cycle Day 33


Lower backache on day 33.

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CYCLE DAY 33

This cycle is of normal/average length for her, about 33 days. Her cycle’s follicular phase
(variable number of days preovulation) lasts until about day 20 or 21. Her fertile phase
lasts from days 13 to 21 with ovulation on day 20. Her luteal (post-ovulation) phase is 13
days long (12-16 days is the norm and is not variable in a normal cycle).

Check out more information about the Fertility Awareness Method of birth control to
learn more about cyclical temperature changes.

You may notice on the right side of some photos, some jagged looking skin, which is
the remnants of her hymenal ring. Her os (opening in the cervix) is round because she
has never given birth; the os becomes more of a slit after childbirth. On the sides of the
photos, you can see her vaginal rugae, which are the ridges that make the elastic
muscular canal of the vagina able to open/expand dramatically during arousal and
childbirth.

She also tracked the depth/movement of her cervix in her vagina. These gradual shifts
are not really distinguishable in the photos but was a tangible change as the depth she
needed to reach a nger inside to touch her own cervix varied slightly each day. She
also noted the rmness of the cervix and openness of the os — again a change she was
feeling with her nger.

Her uterus is tipped backward (retro exed or retroverted uterus), so you may notice
that the cervix is pointing upwards in some photos. This is an anatomical variation that
is present in about 20-30% of the population and is most often a genetic trait. It means
that the body of the uterus lies more towards her back than over her bladder.

Read More:
Can Changes In Your Cervix Diagnose Pregnancy?
Boost Your Fertility: Get Pregnant Faster
How Do You Know If You Are Ovulating?

Keyword Tags: cervix, menstrual cycle, cervical changes, Cervical Position

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