Precancerous cervical cell changes and early cancers of the cervix generally do not cause symptoms. For this reason, regular screening through Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA), Pap Smear or HPV tests can help catch precancerous cell changes early and prevent the development of cervical cancer. Signs and symptoms of more-advanced cervical cancer include:
• Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between regular menstrual periods, after a pelvic exam or
• Watery, thick, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul smell,
• Increased urinary frequency
• Pelvic pain or pain during urination, or pain during intercourse.
These symptoms could also be signs of other health problems, not related to cervical cancer. If you experience any of the signs or symptoms above, talk to a doctor.