A Bruised Cervix Is A Real Thing—Here’s How It Happens

If you’ve read the title of this article and crossed your legs, you’re not alone. The idea of your cervix getting bruised sounds painful AF and it can be. Luckily, you can prevent it from happening. Here are 12 important things you should know about cervical bruising.

How does a cervix get bruised? A cervix tends to get bruised during sex, like if the guy’s penis is too large and sex feels painful instead of pleasurable. Since your cervix is the opening between your vaginal canal and uterus, it can get hurt in the process.

Your cervix moves. Yup, you read that right: your cervix actually moves around. If you’re not on birth control, your cervix changes depending on your menstrual cycle. For instance, when you’re ovulating, your cervix moves higher up into the vaginal canal. It’s also softer at this time of the month. Before and after your period, your cervix becomes harder and moves lower down the vaginal canal.

Your vagina also changes. The vagina has the ability to expand by up to 200% when you’re aroused! When you’re turned on, your cervix also changes—it becomes softer and moves into a higher position, which makes it less likely to get hurt or bruised during sex.

You need to be stimulated before sex. There’s no doubt about it: you need to be super turned on before sex so that you avoid getting your cervix bruised. Of course, being aroused just makes your sexual experience so much more pleasurable all around, so it’s worth it. Bring on the foreplay and stick with it for at least 20 minutes to get properly lubricated.

The symptoms of a bruised cervix vary. The first thing you might experience is cramping during sex, or it might feel like your boyfriend’s penis is hitting a wall during sex. Yup, that’s your cervix. You might also have pain and cramps after sex that feel like period pain. Tenderness in your abdomen area between 12 and 48 hours after sex is common and the pain can last up to a week. You might also have spotting or bleeding. If you’re not on your period, this could very well be a sign of cervical bruising. Sometimes cervical bruising feels pretty mild. Other times, cervical bruising can feel like intense period cramps with stabbing pains, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.

You can manage the pain while it heals. Of course, any bleeding you experience when you’re not on your period should be checked out by your doc, but you can treat cramps and tenderness with over-the-counter pain medication. If you have an IUD inserted, you should get it checked out to make sure that it’s still in place.

It’s not just about his size. A large penis isn’t always the cause of cervical bruising. There are other things that can cause it to happen, such as being in an uncomfortable sexual position. Sometimes if the angle of sex is wrong, you might feel a pinch or poking sensation. Ouch! If you feel pain during sex, try changing your position or trying some more foreplay to get yourself better lubricated before you continue.

You might have a condition. There’s also a condition that can cause you to bruise your cervix during sex called cervical ectropion. It’s basically when glandular cells that are usually located inside the cervix are on the outside of it and it tends to make sex feel more painful. Cervical ectropion can be caused by being on the pill, pregnancy, and changes in estrogen hormone levels. Although it sounds scary, for most women it goes away on its own. Phew.

Sync sex with your cycle. Being properly aroused is always a good thing, but this is of greater importance at the beginning and end of your menstrual cycle, so keep a check on when your period’s due to take greater care of your cervix during sex. Since those times of the month are when your cervix is going to be at its hardest and lowest, you really want to avoid hurting it. It might also help to try different sexual positions like being on top, which gives you greater control during sex.

It’s important to spot the signs. You might feel like you’re lubricated enough before sex, only to feel a sharp poke during the act. That’s a sign that your cervix is getting bruised. Don’t continue with the same sex act—thrusting into the cervix can be really painful and cause bruising or a tear in your cervical tissue. At the first pinch or stab of pain, stop!

Keep it sober. Watch out for having sex when you’re drunk or high. Chemicals numb your pain receptors, so you might not be as tuned into any pain you experience during sex, which makes it easier for cervical bruising to happen. Skip the booze. Your cervix will thank you.

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