There are usually no symptoms with abnormal cervical cells and sometimes there are no symptoms with early stage cervical cancer. However, there are some recognised symptoms associated with cervical cancer. These include;
Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods
Post menopausal bleeding, if you are not on HRT or have stopped it for six weeks
Unusual and/or unpleasant vaginal discharge
Discomfort or pain during sex
Lower back pain.
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms or are concerned about any new symptom you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible. Remember, these symptoms can be associated with many other conditions that are not cancer related.
Not all women diagnosed with cervical cancer experienced symptoms this means attending regular cervical screening is even more important.
As cancer develops, it can cause further symptoms;
Frequency of urine
Blood in the urine
Lower limb lymphoedema.
If you're worried about cervical cancer or abnormalities, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is here to support you - you can ask questions by calling our helpline or find women going through similar experiences on our online forum. Read about all our support services here.
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Stacey describes the symptoms she experienced prior to being diagnosed with cervical cancer:
"I was an active and healthy young woman so when I started experiencing symptoms like stomach cramps, spot bleeding and pain during sex, I didn’t worry. As time went on I put off going to the doctors..."