Understanding your body—including where you’re at in your menstrual cycle and whether you’re aroused enough for penetration—is key for preventing cervical bruising going forward. For example, you may want to keep rough sex to a minimum during the times when your cervix is lower, such as during and after your period. It’s also important to make sure you’re fully aroused before vaginal intercourse, as the arousal makes your cervix lift in the vaginal canal, making it harder to hit.
In addition, Trubow suggests changing things up during sex is something isn’t feeling good: “If intercourse is uncomfortable, I would recommend changing positions, increasing foreplay, and using a lubricant. Prevention is focused on avoiding the behavior that causes it.” If you realize there’s a position where your cervix is getting hit more, avoid it and switch things up.
“Sex—with another or self—is a mind-body experience,” Gilberg-Lenz adds, “so understanding your physiology and honoring your body’s response to stimulus are paramount in supporting pleasure.”
Topical products including CBD or THC designed for vaginal or anal sex may help, she adds. “Some evidence supports using these products, especially for folks who have experienced pain or other arousal issues.”