Cervical Cancer: Symptoms

Women with early stages of cervical cancer often don’t have any signs or symptoms. Symptoms usually don’t start until the cancer becomes more advanced. These symptoms can include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting after vaginal intercourse, bleeding or spotting in between menstrual periods, bleeding or spotting after menopause, or menstrual periods that are heavier or last longer than usual.
  • Vaginal discharge that can be watery, bloody, or have a foul odor

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important that you see a doctor or other health care professional immediately. Ignoring symptoms may allow the cancer to become more advanced. It is best that you get regular screening tests for cervical cancer before you develop any symptoms.