How are fibroids detected and diagnosed?

It may take a while before a woman is diagnosed because fibroids do not always cause symptoms. Women should visit their GP if they have persistent symptoms of fibroids so that possible causes can be investigated. 1 in 4 women in the UK wait on average 5 years before receiving treatment for fibroids.

To confirm a fibroids diagnosis, precise tests can be done, including:

  • Hysteroscopy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Sonohysterography
  • Transvaginal ultrasound


A procedure for examining submucosal fibroids through a small, thin telescope-like device. The hysteroscope is inserted into the womb through the cervix to search for fibroids.


In order to precisely map the location of fibroids, a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) session is sometimes used in cases where non-surgical detection is not an option.


Fluid is injected into the uterus which assists the ultrasound imaging process.


This is a scan that uses a probe to produce high frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of your body. Approaches can beĀ an abdominal ultrasound scan, where the ultrasound probe is moved over the outside of your tummy and a transvaginal ultrasound scan, where a small ultrasound probe is inserted into your vagina.