Where is the cervix?
[.highlighted] Q: Dear Teal, [.highlighted] I know pap smears are checking for cervical cancer and that cervical cancer is cancer in the cervix, but where is the cervix in the body?
A: The cervix is the lowest portion of the uterus which connects the uterus to the vagina. It is a muscular channel that sits behind your bladder and in front of your rectum. The cervix is about one inch in diameter, and is circular with a hole in the middle, like a donut or puckered lips.
If you want to feel it for yourself, you can go right ahead! Just wash your hands very thoroughly and attempt it when your cervix is likely to be low and therefore, more easily reachable, like right before or after menstruation. (And yes, the way your cervix feels and even its position changes throughout your menstrual cycle.) Next, squat on the ground or lift one leg up, then insert a finger carefully into your vagina. Your cervix is most likely to be at the top of the front vaginal wall (meaning, closer to your belly button than your back) and will feel like a round, raised circle with a dimple in the middle.