There are usually no signs of cervical cancer shown to women with pre-cancers, and early cervical cancers. It is typically not until the cancer becomes invasive and grows into tissue nearby that the symptoms begin. At the time that this occurs, the symptoms that are the most common are:
- Having periods(menstrual) that are heavier or longer than usual, spotting and bleeding between periods, bleeding after menopause, bleeding after vaginal intercourse, and perhaps, bleeding after a pelvic exam or after douching.
- An unusual vaginal discharge- the discharge may occur after menopause, or between your periods, and may contain some blood.
- Pain during intercourse.
There can be conditions other than cervical cancer causing these symptoms and signs. As an example, bleeding or pain can be caused by an infection. Still, you should consult with your health care professional immediately if you have any of these suspicious symptoms or signs. Cervical cancer might progress to a far more advanced stage if you ignore any symptoms, and your chance for effective treatment greatly lowered.
An even better suggestion is to not wait until you see any cervical cancer symptoms at all. Have regular pelvic examinations and Pap tests done.