I don’t feel comfortable checking my cervix. How important is it?
Checking the position and texture of your cervix is another great fertility sign to let you know whether you are fertile or not. However, because BBT and cervical fluid alone are usually enough to accurately identify your fertile window, changes in the cervix are considered an ‘optional’ fertility sign.
Many women enjoy having the additional information that cervical palpation provides. It can offer reassurance by backing up the other fertility signs, especially if there is any ambiguity. Cervical palpation can also be particularly helpful in situations where cervical fluid is minimal or difficult to observe; in this case, changes in the cervix can be used in lieu of cervical fluid.
If you’re getting adequate information from your BBT and cervical fluid, and you’d rather not check your cervix, rest assured that it’s not something you have to do!