Vaginal Cancer: Symptoms

November 25, 2017

Vaginal Cancer: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of vaginal cancer?

There are often no symptoms in the early stages of vaginal cancer, before cancer has spread. Most cases diagnosed in the early stages are found during regular pelvic exams. Vaginal cancer in later stages may cause symptoms such as:

  • Bleeding that's not related to menstrual periods

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

  • A lump or growth you can feel

  • Vaginal bleeding after sex

  • Pain during sex

  • Pain when urinating

  • Constipation

  • Constant pain in the pelvis

  • Back pain

  • Swelling in the legs

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.


November 25, 2017


Vaginal Cancer. UpToDate.

Reviewed By:  

Goodman, Howard, MD,Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS