Cervical Cancer Symptoms

In its earliest stages, cervical cancer usually does not have symptoms. This is why regular Pap tests are so important, particularly if you are sexually active.

When cervical cancer does have symptoms, the signs vary from person to person. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
  • Vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding: after menopause, between menstrual periods or excessively heavy periods
  • Urinating more often
  • Pain during sex
  • Swollen leg or leg pain
  • History of untreated dysplasia (precancerous cells changes) of the cervix
  • Pelvic pain – while low back pain can be linked to issues with reproductive organs like the cervix, pelvic pain can be a potential sign of cervical cancer

While not a symptom of cervical cancer, HPV can lead to cervical cancer. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have HPV or have never been screened for HPV.

These signs and symptoms do not always mean you have cervical cancer. However, it is important to discuss any signs or symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.