11:41 pm - 03/24/2011

Short vagina?

Hello, I'm back again! And I went exploring again. Long story short, I'm apparently only two inches worth of vagina before I bump my cervix. This is while half-standing, half-crouching, leaning with my lower back and butt lightly supported by the edge of the bed, if this is some vagina-shortening position I didn't know the effects of. What I entered last time was most definitely the posterior vaginal fornix, and I went there again this time. All was taken slow, was going well (though I was a bit nervy and on edge out of fear that I would hurt myself) ...When suddenly, my fiance's dad came home early and knocked on the door, which caused me to SLAM SHUT on my finger.

Getting back out was like a much more horrific version of pulling a Band-Aid off a wound, wherein you have the choice of taking it slower and prolonging the pain, or going faster and having it over with, but with much worse pain while it lasts. It took me several minutes to remove my finger, and throughout the latter half I was sobbing, which really didn't help, because it caused more movement. Afterwards I laid there crying for a few minutes, not just because it hurt like hell, but because I felt like it was going so well and was entirely ruined and the clamp reaction was reinforced by something entirely out of my control.

AUGH.

One day, though. Not any time soon, but one day I'll overcome this. Is it regular to be so short, though?
kimie_catclaw 25th-Mar-2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Having a cervix about two inches in doesn't seem that "short," really. Remember, your cervix moves up and down throughout your cycle: low during your period, and high when you ovulate. Your cervix also moves up when you're aroused, to allow for deeper penetration.
corvidophil3 25th-Mar-2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Oh, ok! I was confused, mostly I hear people complaining that can't seem to reach it with a finger instead of bumping into it so soon. I was definitely not aroused for this, no. I don't think I could ever be while I'm still so afraid. This was about a week before my period started, and my cycle is from 30-37 days.
kimie_catclaw 25th-Mar-2011 03:55 am (UTC)
When I was fertility charting, I could touch my cervix pretty easily all the time, although it definitely took a bit of reaching (so maybe two and a half or three inches up? I have little fingers) right around ovulation.

Once you're more comfortable, you may find it interesting to check your cervix regularly. Not only does its position change, but also the texture and opening (cervical os). It's pretty cool, really.
atalanta0jess 25th-Mar-2011 04:08 am (UTC)
I can definitely reach my cervix EXTREMELY easily. You're right that some people can't, but 2 inches is totally and completely within the range of normal.
chasing_breezes 25th-Mar-2011 04:56 am (UTC)
This. I can always reach my cervix easily, no matter where I am in my cycle. While I can only speak for myself, OP, It's never caused me problems and is definitely higher when I'm aroused.

I hope things continue to improve for you, it sounds like you are making progress :)

brooklebee 25th-Mar-2011 06:16 am (UTC)
Yep, my cervix sits low enough that it is almost always easily reachable by me (except when I am super aroused). Two inches sounds about right, maybe less sometimes. The only problem I've ever had with that is I have to trim the spout of my menstrual cups all the way to the base of the cup, and my IUD strings are very short, both to avoid poking my vestibular bits.
corvidophil3 26th-Mar-2011 02:27 am (UTC)
How annoying is it, having either device hang too low to the entrance? Is it just a constant presence, or is it irritating/painful?
brooklebee 26th-Mar-2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
The IUD strings I don't notice at all--I just asked for them to be relatively short (~1cm). Because my cervix is so easily reachable, I don't have any problem checking the strings regularly.

With a menstrual cup, before I learned to trim the spout, it was definitely irritating. Now, with no spout at all, I can sometimes feel that it's down near my vestibule (sometimes not), but it never really bothers me.
eunicemcgee 28th-Mar-2011 05:13 am (UTC)
For menstrual cups, they do vary from brand to brand in terms of how long they are, so choosing a shorter one can help.
knittinggoddess 25th-Mar-2011 03:52 am (UTC)
Exactly this. I estimate that a neutral state, the very end of my vagina is 3" in from my vaginal opening. (I don't know where I am in my cycle because I don't always ovulate.) It also sounds like you were already nervous during this examination, and not in any state where your vagina would want to relax!
corvidophil3 26th-Mar-2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Definitely not relaxed. Someone else suggested wine, I might add that to the equation next time.
gryphonwing 25th-Mar-2011 06:51 am (UTC)
Awwww, damn! Sounds like things were going so well, too.

Maybe next time you should set it up like you're trying to have romantic time with yourself. Soft music, candles, half a glass of wine, and self-exploration. Although someone coming home early and startling you will still not help. :(

And yeah, I agree with everyone above - everything sounds normal enough. No worries there. :)
corvidophil3 26th-Mar-2011 02:25 am (UTC)
At the very least, maybe the wine will dull the reaction of the muscles down there if something does startle me, why not? The rest of the romantic setup described would make me laugh at the silliness of it all, but hey, having a good laugh beforehand may help lift the worry.
archangelbeth 25th-Mar-2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Just another "normal length!" reassurance. Some people's cervixes will even be right at the opening to their vagina, at certain times in their cycle, I've anecdotally heard on VP!

Much condolences on the Bad Timing issue! Maybe a Do NOT NOT NOT NOT NOOOOTTTT Disturb sign on the door...?

Good luck!
corvidophil3 26th-Mar-2011 02:15 am (UTC)
He's kind of a doof and wouldn't see it, and my fiance's mother would go ape with how "uncouth" the implications of such a sign were, haha. But thanks! I assume other people with short travels don't use tampons, then?
archangelbeth 27th-Mar-2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
I don't know if tampons are used by low-hanging-cervix folk or not! I don't really track my own, and I don't use tampons anyway, so I can't provide personal experience. A menstrual cup might yet, work, though, depending on if it "cradled" the cervix well while remaining inside enough to not be pokity in a bad word.
calyxia 25th-Mar-2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Your vagina sounds normal to me in regards to length/depth. I can touch my cervix pretty much always. Even when it's more..."sucked in?" to the very highest up, it just means I have to squat. I clean it out every shower by reaching in and just scooping out any random build-up type stuff. (Once I had BV and didn't know because I didn't do this, but now my vagina and I are on much friendlier terms.) :) HTH!
corvidophil3 26th-Mar-2011 02:19 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind being able to freely explore up there to check out whatever gunk is being produced at the source at all, I've been looking in all my various facial holes since I was a kid, what's one more?
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