It's important to understand what cervical penetration in order to do it comfortably. Here's everything to know about it.
Have you ever experienced an intense orgasm during deep penetration? If so, you may have assumed cervix penetration was the reason.
While some find this form of stimulation uncomfortable, others find it pleasant and enjoyable.
Cervix penetration is when the cervix is stimulated during deep penetration.
For some women, it may hurt, while for others, it may be pleasurable.
It is possible for the cervix to get bruised or injured during deep penetration. Partners should stop penetration if it becomes very painful.
But can a penis penetrate the cervix? What does cervix penetration feel like, and is it safe?
We've pulled together answers to these important questions and much more. Here’s everything you need to know about cervix penetration.
What is generally referred to as cervix penetration can sometimes be debated among doctors. One view holds that it’s not actually penetration at all, but cervical stimulation.
It is argued that penetrating the cervix is not actually possible, because of the general anatomy of this reproductive canal.
In contrast, some doctors conclude it can be penetrated. Dr. Blen Tesfu of Welzo stated, “The cervix can be penetrated by a penis during sexual intercourse. However, it's important to note that the depth of penetration may vary from person to person due to anatomical differences and individual preferences.”
As she further explained, “The cervix is a cylindrical-shaped organ located at the lower end of the uterus, connecting the uterus to the vagina. On average, the cervix is about 2 to 3 centimeters in length. However, the length and position of the cervix can vary among individuals.”
It may be deeper during states of arousal as the vaginal canal lengthens in preparation for sex.
The full cervix is typically only about one inch in length. The width is generally about three to five centimeters.
The canal opening of the cervix can be even smaller, but the overall size depends on whether a female has given birth. Therefore, actually penetrating the cervix during sex with a penis would be difficult to achieve.
For this reason, cervix penetration is not actually what is happening during deep penetration. Instead, an individual may feel the end of the cervix being stimulated during sex, which could potentially lead to a deeper-felt orgasm.
When we asked Dr. Tesfu about cervical orgasms, she stated, “A cervical orgasm is a term used to describe an orgasm that is primarily achieved through stimulation of the cervix. Some individuals may find cervical stimulation pleasurable, but it's important to note that not everyone experiences orgasms in the same way, and preferences can vary.”
Even though the "C-spot" and resulting cervical orgasms are not well-studied, there are anecdotal reports that cervical stimulation leads to a deep orgasm that:
It’s important to keep in mind that everyone experiences orgasms differently.
Dr. Tesfu notes that hitting the cervix with force during sexual activity could potentially cause bleeding. The cervix is a sensitive area, and rough or deep penetration can lead to discomfort, pain, or minor injuries.
If you experience bleeding after sexual activity, she advises seeking medical attention to determine the cause and ensure your well-being.
Every individual has their own preferences when it comes to sexual stimulation. Some may find stimulating the cervix uncomfortable or painful, while others may find the sensations enjoyable.
It should be noted, cervical stimulation can be more uncomfortable if you are not fully aroused. Therefore, using something like Warming Female Arousal Gel from Promescent may be a good option.
It is not uncommon for cervical stimulation to happen by accident, such as when:
Feeling pain during deep penetration is not impossible. In fact, roughly 75 percent of women will experience pain during sex in their lifetime.
While pain can come from a long list of issues, if the penis is applying pressure to the cervix, some women may find this not pleasurable.
Dr. Tesfu reiterated that, “While the cervix is a resilient organ, it's possible to bruise it. Activities that involve rough or forceful penetration, such as certain sexual positions, vigorous intercourse, or trauma to the pelvic area, may result in cervix bruising. If you suspect a cervix bruise or experience persistent pain or bleeding, it's recommended to consult a healthcare professional.”
The cervical tissue is sensitive, which means it is possible for the cervix to be injured or bruised during aggressive sex.
Likewise, it will be highly important for proper lubrication to be used to prevent causing damage due to friction.
However, a mildly uncomfortable feeling is usually not a cause for concern. And, as long as you and your partner communicate when trying to achieve cervical stimulation, injury or damage is easy to avoid.
Further, if you experience bleeding after attempting cervical stimulation, this is an indication to avoid engaging in it moving forward.
Most discomfort should subside in a few days. However, if you experience cervical pain for more than a week, it is best to talk to a doctor. In general, cervical damage is not typical, and considered to be a rare occurrence with consensual sexual activities.
If you decide to explore cervical stimulation with your partner, there are a few good tips to make sure you enjoy the experience:
Even though cervix penetration is not actually anatomically possible, cervical stimulation is, and this can be enjoyable for some women.
Cervical stimulation may be related to achieving vaginal orgasm without clitoral stimulation, even though the idea is not well-established.
Cervical orgasms are said to be deeply felt, full-body experiences, but every individual is different. Some may enjoy C-spot stimulation, while others will not.
Dr. Tesfu stresses the importance of seeking medical attention for any pain related to the cervix. Doctors will perform the necessary examinations and give appropriate guidance based on your specific situation.
If you and your partner decide to try cervix "penetration," be sure to take things slow, use ample lubrication, and communicate while you explore to avoid pain or injury.
Dr. Blen Tesfu is a practicing physician who is also pursuing a master's in epidemiology and Public Health. She has extensive experience working in primary as well as Tertiary care settings, particularly with women's health and reproductive medicine, communicable diseases, and non-communicable illnesses. Throughout her role as General Practitioner, she has gained diverse knowledge and experience on complex medical topics and dedication to patient education and promotional activities for public well-being initiatives. She is passionate about staying up-to-date on the latest research findings through research publications, journal articles, and guidelines that help inform the best evidence-based practices when treating patients across different communities worldwide.
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