You are a part of the body many women don’t often think about or properly understand.
As parts of the body go I think you are pretty fab. You provide a fairly reliable fertility indicator- high soft open being most fertile time and low firm closed being least fertile time. (In fact that reminds me I must finish my letter to natural contraceptive methods which I started ages ago thanks to a discussion on twitter with @motherscuffer). If you have never realised such a thing about the cervix then I suggest you check out the awesome photos from My Beautiful Cervix project which details cervices (I made that plural up I think) at different times of the month.
Cervix- you dilate to an enormous 10cm during labour to allow a baby to travel out, but the rest of the time you are mostly small and closed to help prevent infections entering the womb. You amaze me but unfortunately sometimes your cells change and become pre-cancerous or even cancerous. Which is why in the UK women are offered routine smear tests every 3years.
Today is my day for such a test. My first since I had kids. Before kids my uterus was retroverted meaning my cervix was never where the nurse expected it resulting in a good old somewhat ouchy furkle to find it. So I have no idea how today’s will be but I do it because it’s an important test to have.
As an aside, I am so so glad that my girls will be offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) jab as HPV being one of the main causes of Cervical Cancer, and I am bloody glad that the Department of Health finally realised it’s mistake in offering Cevarix (which only protects against the strains of HPV causing cancer) and are now offering the much more effective Gardasil which also protects against the two strains of the (HPV) that cause 70% of cervical cancers and also two other strains that produce 90% of genital warts (read more here). Genital warts being one of the STI’s NOT always being protected against transmission by using a condom (herpes and pubic lice being the other two). I do think boys should possibly also be offered the jab but it’s cost effectiveness remains to be seen. I’m not sure what this will mean for my girls cervical screening program when they are older, but I am relieved that they live in an age where such cancers are becoming preventable and much more treatable.
So anyhow dear cervix- tis time for me to wander off and have you examined. I hope you will be easily locatable for once (If I can find you easily now am hoping the nurse will!) and I hope your cells are the same as they always are. But if they are not we will deal with that if it happens.
Lots of CellularLove