What Are Intramural Fibroids?
An intramural fibroid is a benign tumor that grows within the muscular walls of the uterus. There are three types of intramural fibroids – anterior, posterior, and fundal – which differ based on their location in the uterus. In size, they can range from as small as a pea to as large as a grapefruit. Often, small intramural fibroids go completely unnoticed and don’t cause symptoms. However, as they become larger, they may start to interfere with your health and quality of life.
Understanding the type of fibroids you have can help determine your treatment path. At American Fibroid Centers, our affiliated physicians use the latest technology and techniques to diagnose intramural fibroids. They also perform minimally invasive image-guided endovascular procedures to provide women with long-lasting relief from their painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Contact your nearest outpatient center in NY or NJ to schedule a consultation today!
Symptoms of Intramural Fibroids
Intramural fibroids grow within the uterine wall and can become very large if left untreated. It’s typical to have multiple intramural fibroids in the same area. Each person’s body is different, so the symptoms you experience will depend on the number, size, and location of the fibroids along with other factors. The most common symptoms of intramural fibroids include:
- Heavy periods lasting 10 days or more
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain
- Lower back pain
Causes of Intramural Fibroids
Like other types of fibroids, the cause of intramural fibroids is largely unknown. Experts believe that genetics and hormones – particularly estrogen and progesterone – play a role in their development. Other risk factors for the condition include early onset of menstruation, family history, and being of African American descent. Fibroids are most common during a woman’s childbearing years and will affect 70 to 80% of women by age 50.
How Are Intramural Fibroids Diagnosed?
Intramural fibroids are often found during a routine pelvic exam with your gynecologist. If you suspect you have fibroids, they will be able to check for any abnormalities. Further testing may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis. At American Fibroid Centers, our affiliated physicians use ultrasound and MRI technology to provide an accurate picture of your condition and its severity. This will help you and your doctor determine if intramural fibroids are present and what treatment option is best for your health.
Non-Surgical Treatment for Intramural Fibroids
Proper and timely treatment for intramural fibroids is crucial to your overall health and well-being. Many patients believe that traditional surgery, such as hysterectomy and myomectomy, is their only option for removing fibroids. However, this is not the case. The American Fibroid Centers’ affiliated physicians offer Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a non-surgical procedure to eliminate intramural fibroids and their debilitating symptoms. UFE is performed in an outpatient setting, so you can return home the same day. It also offers shorter recovery times, fewer complications, and less scarring. Contact us at your nearest location to learn more about UFE today!
What to Expect from Your Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Our Fibroid Specialists
Our affiliated physicians in New York and New Jersey are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating women with intramural fibroids. They are among the nation’s most respected providers of endovascular procedures, including UFE. Contact American Fibroid Centers to schedule a consultation and get the treatment you need today!
Fibroid Treatment in New York
American Fibroid Centers offers treatment for intramural fibroids in New York. We are located in Queens, Brooklyn, Harlem, and Fishkill for our patients’ convenience. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.
Fibroid Treatment in New Jersey
American Fibroid Centers is the leading provider of fibroid care and treatment in New Jersey. Our West Orange location features an expert team of affiliated physicians and the latest technology available.
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