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Benefits of Cervical Self-examination
There are many benefits to examining your own vulva and cervix. By examining yourself regularly, you can gain a sense of what your body normally looks like. You can understand how your body is put together, what your discharges look like, and how your cervix and cervical mucus change throughout your menstrual cycle, or after menopause. For some women, doing a self-exam allows them to see a part of their bodies that they have learned to ignore or even fear. Other women like the sense of control they get from using a medical tool to see for themselves what others see. This helps to decrease their need to rely on what other people tell them about their bodies.