I looked at my cervix using a vaginal speculum for the first time the other day. It was really cool!
I did notice that the opening of my cervix looked and felt more like a long slit than a round hole. I did some research and I found that the external os looks like a hole in female-bodied folks who have never been pregnant or given birth vaginally and like a slit in those who have.
I'm an 18-year-old cisgender woman and I've never been pregnant. I've also never been to a gynecologist. Is there something wrong? Should I be worried?
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Considering that our bodies are all unique, while the majority of women who've never been pregnant will have round openings, the fact that yours is more slit-like is likely just a quirk of your anatomy. IN other words, even if 99 never-pregnant women out of 100 have rounded openings, it doesn't mean that you, as the hundredth, have a problem with your cervix.
Doesn't sound like anything to worry about. A routine examination from a doctor would tell you for sure, but running out in a panic to get the exam is not necessary.
And can I just say: Yay for you for looking at your body, and for finding it cool!!!!
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Yes, there is so much body and sexual organ shaming out there (especially against women), it's great that people can give that the flick and appreciate themselves as they are!
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