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    Cervix

    The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. It is part of a woman's reproductive system.

    • During a woman's menstrual period, blood flows from her uterus through her cervix, down her vagina, and out of her body.
    • During sex, the cervix makes mucus that helps sperm move up into the uterus.
    • During pregnancy, the cervix is tightly closed to protect the baby. But later the cervix opens up so the baby can pass through the vagina during childbirth.

    Current as of: October 13, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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