What are the tests for uterine fibroids?

Tests. Initially your gynecologist may do an ultrasound. Also an MRI maybe done to better characterize your fibroids prior to treatment.
Ultrasound &/or exam. Ultrasound can determine if there are fibroids, so can a pelvic exam in many cases. A better question is: why is this an issue? Some studies show that by a certain age most women have fibroids. So having a fibroid is common. Are they causing problems of bleeding, pain, size or pressure? Those questions are important when deciding if treatment is needed.
MRI. While ultrasound is fairly good at showing fibroids exist, MRI is excellent for localizing them and telling you whether or not they are "alive". Some fibroids die on their own (infarct) and these cannot be treated with uterine fibroid embolization (ufe). "alive" fibroids can be treated with ufe or surgical techniques if symptoms warrant it.
Ultrasound usually. Fibroids can be detected on physical exam or imaging or both. Pelvic ultrasound is the most common imaging tool used to detect fibroids, although MRI has much better resolution and higher cost. MRI is used to determine if a patient is a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) a non-surgical treatment option for uterine fibroids.

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What causes Uterine fibroids?

Unknown. Fibroids are benign muscle tumors of the uterus. No one knows their cause. Like many tumors (ie: breast lumps) their cause is unknown. Read more...
Nobody knows. Uterine fibroids are benign growths of the uterus, but rarely they can turn into malignant tumors (sarcoma!) Nobody knows the cause of any tumors including fibroids. Read more...

Can uterine fibroid grow quickly?

Not likely. Uterine fibroids are benign growths of muscle from the uterine wall. Growth of fibroids is usually in response to hormones. Many women have uterine fibroids that are asymptomatic. Fast growth may signal a more serious process and you should see your physician. Read more...
Sometimes, get US. Anyone can get a uterine fibroid, which is an overgrowth of muscle cells in the shape of a ball. Like moles on the skin, they come in different sizes/shapes; RARELY cancerous. You only need surgery if you have symptoms like pain/pressure/incontinence/bleeding/bloating. Size/location don't matter. Lupron (leuprolide) or embolization are ways to control w/out surgery. US follow up is very important. Read more...

Can uterine fibroids grow in size?

Yes. Fibroids grow all the time, in part due to female hormones. They stop growing from menopause or stopping your hormones with a Lupron (leuprolide) shot. Some fibroids grow slowly; fibroids in some women grow quickly. Read more...

How do you treat uterine fibroids?

Hysterectomy. Uterine fibroids are frequently treated with a hysterectomy. Other treatments are Uterine Artery Embolization; Focused ultrasound; myomectomy; and in selected cases, Hysteroscopic resection of fibroids. Best wishes! Read more...

How much pain are uterine fibroids?

Varies greatly. Fibroids are benign (non cancerous) tumors of the uterus that are associated with painful, heavy periods. They can be treated with medications that are hormonal or non-hormonal, and they are also commonly treated surgically by removing the fibroid (s) or the entire uterus. Read more...