What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?


Changes to cervical cells do not usually cause any symptoms – this is why regular cervical screening tests are so important.

If cervical cell changes develop into cervical cancer, the most common symptoms include:

  • vaginal bleeding between periods
  • vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • bleeding after sex
  • pain during sex
  • pain in the pelvis
  • menstrual bleeding (periods) that is heavier or lasts longer than usual
  • unusual vaginal discharge.

Signs and symptoms of advanced cervical cancer can include:

  • extreme tiredness
  • leg pain or swelling
  • lower back pain.

Many conditions can cause these symptoms, not just cervical cancer. However, if you have unusual bleeding, discharge or pain, see your doctor. If you have bleeding after you have been through menopause, you should see your doctor.