The cervix is the lower end of the womb (uterus). It is at the top of the vagina. It is about 2 inches long. The cervical canal passes through the cervix. It allows blood from a menstrual period and a baby (fetus) to pass from the womb into the vagina.
The cervical canal also allows sperm to pass from the vagina into the uterus.
Conditions that affect the cervix include:
A Pap smear is a screening test to check for cancer of the cervix.
Cynthia D. White, MD, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Group Health Cooperative, Bellevue, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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