Most of the time, the cervix is discussed only in a medical context. Found at the lowest part of the uterus and described often, if bluntly, as the "neck of the vagina" through which sperm enters the reproductive system, the cervix plays a pretty important biological role. But it's also a pleasure zone that can yield euphoric orgasms if you know how to target it.
What does a cervical orgasm feel like?
Cervical orgasms have often been ignored in larger conversations about sex but recently garnered a bit of a mythical reputation in online circles. A simple internet search on the topic yields hundreds of glowing reactions, with women claiming everything from continuous orgasms to near-psychedelic or spiritual experiences. These are known as "expanded" orgasms, which can spread beyond the genitals throughout the entire body, all the way to your toes.
Katherine, a 22-year-old artist from South Africa, describes her cervical orgasm as an unexpected surprise.
"It always builds up through my whole body and I suddenly can't move," she said. "I need to be pulled forward to keep things going. I think it's made me cry a few times."
She explained that her first orgasm was a cervical orgasm, and it's still the easiest way for her to reach climax.
"I'd always been told I needed clitoral stimulation, and so with no expectation (to have a cervical orgasm), I felt no pressure,” she said.
Discovering a new pleasure zone
Olivia Bryant, founder of Self:Cervix, a website helping to "reclaim the cervix as a part of our pleasure anatomy," explained that because the uterus is a floating organ attached via ligaments, it can shift naturally and won't always be centered like anatomy books would have us believe. This means your cervix might slide to the left or right, or be tilted forward or backward.
Bryant said that many people don't consider the cervix a sexual organ because it's most commonly connected to childbirth or cervical cancer.
"The latest research regarding cervical nerves and orgasm hasn't yet reached the mainstream," she said. "This means that those who are supposed to know, just don't. This is tragic for the cervix."
The exact placement and dilation of your cervix will depend on how stimulated you are and where you are in your menstrual cycle. At ovulation or high levels of sexual stimulation, the cervix rises to its highest position in the vagina. During menstruation, it's lower and firmer.
How do I have one?
It's best to experiment solo first, so you can figure out how your cervix feels and how you like it to be stimulated, before you attempt a cervical orgasm with a partner. Bryant added that finding the cervix may take some time and patience.
"The best position is squatting or lying on your back with your legs up (if you're flexible). The key is to shorten your torso," she said. "The cervix will usually be found about 3 inches inside, but this can vary depending on where you are in your cycle and the length of your vagina."
Start with a generous amount of lubricant and use your fingers before using any toys. Next time you're showering or masturbating, try fingering yourself and feel around for your cervix. Once you find it, you can start rubbing, tapping or applying gentle pressure. Once you get the hang of it, you can add stimulation with a vibrator, G-spot massager or butt plug, which will activate other erogenous zones and increase sensation. Because the feeling of a cervical orgasm is so strong, pairing it with some outercourse, like kissing or nipple stimulation, will amplify the satisfaction.
Though you might be tempted to try to go full-force immediately, the cervix is very sensitive (as are most parts of your genitals). Slamming a dildo into yourself right away won't be very comfortable and will likely just irritate you. It's better to start slowly, gently and carefully.
You may not achieve a cervical climax the first time you try; or the second or third time, honestly. Since the location and firmness of the cervix changes, your body may react differently depending on when you are in your cycle and how stimulated you are. Or it may just not be the type of orgasm for you. No one's body is exactly the same, so there's no way to guarantee this sensation will be the one for you. However, experimenting will always teach you something new about your body, and best-case scenario, you'll get an orgasm out of it, too.