Signs and Symptoms

Read these, remember them, share them. You just might save someone’s life. These are just some of the most common signs and symptoms of gynecologic or “below the belt” cancers. When in doubt, go see a doctor!

  • An unusually long or heavy period
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Trouble urinating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Abdominal or back pain
  • Changes in bathroom habits
  • Changes in the vulva

These symptoms aren’t always cancer. They could be relatively easy-to-remove fibroids or something else that can be fixed fairly quickly. However, it’s important if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms to talk to a doctor. If your doctor dismisses your concerns or fails to give you an exam, seek a second opinion.

Seeking a second opinion after my first doctor dismissed my symptoms and failed to examine me was what led to my cancer being discovered and is quite literally the primary reason I am still alive today. Learn more about below the belt cancers on the CDC’s website