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Could You Have a Bruised Cervix?

Could You Have a Bruised Cervix?

By Stacey Feintuch

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If you've never heard of a bruised cervix, just know that it's a sex injury that you really don't want to have and likely won't have. 

A bruised cervix is a cervix that has become sensitive and tender courteous of vigorous sex. If a penis, dildo, fist or other object gets all the way up to the cervix and bumps it continuously, you can get injured during this deep pentration. Because the cervix is at the top of the vaginal canal, it's unlikely it could be injured by anything else.

How it feels depends on how badly you were injured. It can feel like cramping, with a dull and achy pain. Expect a general aching sensation deep inside your body that occurs during or after penetration. Note that the word bruised here refers to the pain, not how the cervix actually looks.

Treatment
Generally, you don't need treatment for a bruised cervix. But ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve pain and discomfort. You can also apply a heating pad to your back or abdomen. Try sitting on a pillow or cushion. Massage your abdomen and back. And wear loose clothing to help alleviate pressure on your abdomen.

Healing time varies from person to person. Pain should taper within a day or two and should resolve within a week. Typically, long-term complications or damage aren't associated with a bruised cervix. 

Avoid having sex until you feel better. Penetration can make you feel worse and make healing take longer. You may also experience spotting, nausea, back pain and bleeding.

If pain lasts more than a week or you regularly experience this pain, reach out to your health care professional. She can give you a pelvic exam to see if you have an infection or an underlying condition. 

And seek medical help immediately if you're in severe pain, are soaking through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour or have quarter-sized or larger clots in your menstrual blood.

Prevention
A bruised cervix is a rare condition. To help prevent a bruised cervix, tell your partner if something is physically hurting you, even if you're having consensual intercourse. You can also suggest positions where you have more control over the penetration and are less likely to have deep penetration. And make sure you're fully aroused before any penetration happens. Communicating with your partner will help reduce your risk of injury.

Some people are more likely to experience cervical bruising. Vaginal structure and uterus position varies from person to person and can factor into whether you have a bruised cervix. If your vaginal opening and cervix are close together or you aren't fully aroused, it may be easier to bruise your cervix during pentration. 

Your cervix's position can also change during your cycle, tilting in one directon before your period and another the week after. During ovulation, our cervix softens, tilting downward and opening slightly for sperm to enter. So, you may be more likely to have cervical bruising then.