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Intramural Fibroids: Treatment, Types & Symptoms

Thousands of women are diagnosed with fibroids every year. In fact, most women will have at least one fibroid in their lifetime.

Intramural fibroids are a prevalent type of uterine fibroids that can impact a woman's health and well-being. 

At Georgia Fibroids, we aim to provide comprehensive information about intramural fibroids, shedding light on their variations, symptoms, diagnostic methods, and treatment options tailored to individual needs.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with fibroids or are experiencing symptoms consistent with this common reproductive condition, we are here to help. Continue reading to learn more about intramural fibroids below. 

What is an Intramural Uterine Fibroid?

Intramural fibroids are a subcategory of uterine fibroids that develop within the muscular wall of the uterus, known as the myometrium. They grow horizontally and can cause the uterus to enlarge, leading to various symptoms depending on their size, number, and location within the uterine wall. 

Types of Intramural Fibroids

Intramural fibroids can be classified based on their specific location within the uterine wall. There are three main types of intramural fibroids outlined below. 

Fundal Intramural Fibroid 

These fibroids are positioned near the top of the uterus (fundus). Their location can affect fertility or cause complications during pregnancy by obstructing the fallopian tubes or disrupting the embryo's implantation.

Anterior Intramural Fibroid 

Situated on the front wall of the uterus, anterior intramural fibroids might lead to symptoms like pelvic pressure, frequent urination, or difficulty with bowel movements due to their proximity to the bladder and intestines.

Posterior Intramural Fibroid 

These fibroids develop on the back wall of the uterus, potentially causing back pain, discomfort during bowel movements, or pressure on the spine or nerves due to their position close to the intestines and spine.

Intramural Fibroid Symptoms

The symptoms associated with intramural fibroids can vary depending on the fibroid's size, number, and location within the uterine wall. 

Common symptoms include:

Is an Intramural Fibroid Confirmed by Ultrasound?

Yes, ultrasound imaging is commonly used to confirm the presence of intramural fibroids. This non-invasive imaging technique helps visualize the uterus and fibroids, providing valuable information about their size, location, and number.

Intramural Fibroid Treatment

There are different ways to treat intramural fibroids, fitting each person's needs. One good option is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), which is less invasive and works well.

During UFE, doctors aim to make fibroids smaller by stopping their blood supply. Here's what happens:

  1. Doctors use MRI or ultrasound to find and check the fibroids.
  2. With local anesthesia, they make a small cut in the groin or wrist to reach the uterus artery. They put tiny particles into the artery using special imaging, blocking blood flow to the fibroids.
  3. Without blood, fibroids shrink over time, easing symptoms.

UFE is a better option than traditional surgery for most women due to its minimal incision, reducing complications and expediting the healing process. It preserves the uterus, making it an ideal choice for those aiming to conceive or avoid a hysterectomy. Additionally, research indicates that UFE effectively addresses issues such as pelvic pain, heavy periods, and urinary challenges associated with fibroids.

Alternative treatments, including medications that alleviate symptoms without directly reducing fibroid size, are also available. 

Surgical options, like myomectomy (removing fibroids while preserving the uterus) or hysterectomy (complete removal of the uterus), become considerations for severe cases or situations where maintaining fertility is not a priority.

Eliminate Intramural Fibroid Symptoms in Georgia 

Don’t let fibroid symptoms affect your everyday life. Let us guide you toward relief and improved quality of life.

At Georgia Fibroids in Atlanta, we specialize in evaluating and customizing treatment plans to address intramural fibroids and their impact on your life. Our goal is to offer effective solutions while prioritizing your comfort and well-being.

If you're experiencing symptoms related to intramural fibroids or seeking guidance on suitable treatment options, schedule a consultation with Georgia Fibroids today. 

Trust Georgia Fibroids for personalized care and advanced solutions to manage intramural fibroids effectively. Your health matters to us.

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