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Does a Low and Hard Cervix Mean You Are Pregnant?

Published: May 09, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
hey, if your cervix is low and hard, does it mean you are pregnant?
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Dear Does a Low and Hard Cervix Mean You Are Pregnant?,

A low and hard cervix is not an indicator of pregnancy. In fact, during pregnancy the cervix will often rise a bit and become softer. The cervix is more often low and hard during menstrual bleeding, after your period stops and once ovulation occurs.

TeenHealthFX is not sure if you are asking this because you are wondering if you are pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant, know that the first sign of pregnancy is usually a missed period. If you have missed a period and are concerned you could be pregnant, then it is important to take a home pregnancy test and/or schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional who can confirm whether or not you are pregnant and discuss pregnancy options with you in the event that you are pregnant.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Since TeenHealthFX is unsure why you are asking this question, we would like to provide you with the following information:

If you are sexually active, TeenHealthFX would like to encourage you to speak to your doctor about safer sex precautions for the future. Doctors generally recommend that teens and young adults who choose to be sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex to protect against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. Your doctor can make the best recommendations for you and discuss with you how to use properly use birth control to maximize its effectiveness.

The more educated you are about various sexual health topics, the more likely you will make healthy decisions for yourself when it comes to your sexual health. If you are sexually active, or thinking about becoming sexually active, FX also suggests that you check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and more.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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