Dear Dr. Kate: Can the Cervix Get Hurt During Intercourse?

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Dear Dr. Kate,

What does it feel like when a man’s penis hits the cervix during intercourse? I think it’s happened to me, but it doesn’t happen every time my partner and I have intercourse with deeper penetration. Can it hurt the cervix? How can this be avoided during sex while still allowing for deep penetration?

— Perplexed Cervix

Dear P.C.,

Deep penetration during intercourse can be immensely satisfying, and make you feel really connected to your partner….but sometimes has the less-satisfying effect of causing you pain. When the cervix is bumped, it can cause cramping in your uterus that ranges from mild to severe, or cause a dull aching or pressure-like feeling throughout your pelvis. Some women are more prone to cervical contact, if their uterus is tipped back towards their tailbone (or “retroverted”), bringing the cervix up and closer to the vaginal opening. The good news is that while cervical contact may hurt, it doesn’t hurt your cervix – no damage done. The best way to avoid it is to be maximally aroused before penetration – when the vagina is fully engorged, it gets longer and wider, and gives the penis more room to play, hopefully away from your cervix. Extra lubricant couldn’t hurt, as well.

— Dr. Kate

Dr. Kate of  is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City. She also lectures nationally on women’s health issues and conducts research on reproductive health. She generously shares her medical wisdom with EM & LO readers every few weeks. Click here to ask her your own question.

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1 year 21 hours ago

My boyfriend has a big penis, i enjoy having sex wit him but most of the time it hurts and i will go straight to my period the day after we had sex, im worried that maybe my cervix will be damage or something else might be affected.

1 year 17 days ago

my menstruation lasted for seven days and on the last day i had sex with my partner with me on top and in the process i started bleeding immediately. I felt embarrassed and wonder what must have gone wrong please reply.

Maggie Alvarez
1 year 4 months ago

I knew i was goin to start my period so we had sex because we usually have sex everyday, but we used toys for the firat time n it was a 7 inch n i love it deep thays why we tryed a toy. But when it went in deep it felt like another opening. It was wiered, so i started period next day, but lots of back pains n side pains, i take provera to start period witch it normally doeant give me that bad of pain. I am very scared. I dont kno of i need to be checked or is it jus my period that is goving me bad cramps. Sex was awesome so o didnt think anything till i started getting bad pains.

1 year 5 months ago

I also notice a dull pressure kind of pain when having sex. Also I recently had a yeast infection and whenever I’m trying to use the applicator I feel the same pain. I usually have to push the applicator on one side of my vagina while sliding it in so I can get it in without pain, otherwise it feels like the I’m pushing up air which is pushing on my cervix. I can never get the applicator fully in and then I feel pain, beyond which I can’t go any further. I’m so scared cuz I don’t even know if this is my cervix or if there’s something in the way. This happens every single time, no exception. Please it has me really worried, and I can’t afford to go see a gyno. That’s really expensive here and I don’t work. Please help. Thanks

1 year 5 months ago

I had sex with my boyfriend yesterday.. I was on all fours and he came from behind.. I noticed a sharp pain on one of his thrusts making me scream and jump out of position in discomfort.. After a few seconds, I noticed increased wetness in my vagina like when extremely aroused and am scared that my uterus might have been bruised or something…