The uterus is a small organ in your abdominal cavity. It is the size of your fist and is shaped like a pear. The base of the uterus, also called the cervix, is located deep inside the vagina.
What does the uterus do?
A fertilised egg can grow into a baby in the uterus, and is usually delivered through the vagina 9 months later. If the egg hasn’t been fertilised, you have a period. Then blood from your uterus is discharged through your vagina. As long as no egg is fertilised, this is repeated once a month. Read more about your fertility cycle.
Feel it yourself
The cervix is at the base of the uterus. You can feel it yourself.
- Go deep inside your vagina with your finger.
- The cervix is at the top of your vaginal canal.
- It will usually feel quite firm and not particularly sensitive, except when you’re ovulating.
- A man may be able to feel the cervix during penetrative sex. As long as this doesn’t hurt either of you, it’s not a problem. If it does hurt, you could try another position.