Symptoms of Cervical Cancer After Menopause

by Laura Ramirez on October 13, 2011

Symptoms of cervical cancer after menopause may be silent, meaning there are no symptoms at all. This is why it is important to listen to your body and notice any changes or any new aches and pains. Going to your doctor once per year for a checkup and physical is one of the best preventative steps that you can take along with regular exercise, sufficient sleep and a healthy diet.

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Bleeding – obviously, the definition of menopause is that you haven’t had your period in a year, but if you do start bleeding after not having your period for some time or after having intercourse, then it consider it a warning sign and make an appointment to see your doctor.

Bloating can be a sign of a lot of things. For instance it could be celiac disease (allergy to wheat gluten) or other gastrointestinal disorders. Prolonged bloating that is not related to food or digestive issues should be investigated by a doctor.

Another symptom is any kind of pain in the pelvic area. If you’re having pain in your pelvis, your body is trying to tell you something, so don’t dismiss it as nothing or ignore it, hoping that it will go away. It is always best to go to the doctor and learn that you do not have cancer than to ignore the warning signs and do nothing at all.

Vaginal discharge especially after menopause is another indication that something is amiss, especially if the discharge has a foul odor. If you smell something bad get into see your doctor. Cervical cancer is not something that you want to fool around with especially since left unattended, it can quickly spread to other organs.

How Your Doctor Checks for Cervical Cancer

The way your doctor checks for cervical cancer after menopause is to swab the cervix and send the cells into a lab to check for the presence of abnormal cells. The procedure is quick and does not involve any pain. If you’ve had a checkup by your gynecologist before, then you know that this procedure is called a pap smear. Your doctor may also check your breasts for the presence of any lumps. Most doctors recommend that you get a pap smear every three years or more frequently after menopause when your odds of getting cancer go up. In fact, your doctor should make a pap smear an aspect of your yearly physical. Although some women don’t feel that yearly physicals are necessary or complain that they don’t have the time, going in for a yearly checkup allows you to know what’s going on with your body and helps doctors to find things early so you don’t have a major health crisis later on. If things are okay, then you will also have the confidence that comes from knowing that you are healthy.

 If abnormal cells are found, you will need further testing, treatment and possibly surgery. Gather all your resources and do your best to remain calm because the chances are that if you do have cancer, you will have caught it early and so it can be treated successfully. To give you hope, I have several friends who have recovered fully from cancer of the cervix and are leading full, happy lives.

Please post any symptoms of cervical cancer after menopause that you feel you have that are worrisome. Writing them down and posting them can help you to summon the courage to make that appointment to go see your doctor and get help.

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