Intramural Fibroids

An In-depth Look at Intramural Fibroids

Although almost every woman has heard about uterine fibroids, it is unlikely that they know about the specifics of these tumors. The truth of the matter is that there are many different types of fibroids, which are categorized, by their specific growth location. In some situations, a woman will develop submucosal fibroids. On the other hand, there is the intramural fibroid. Although it is possible for these to grow elsewhere, they generally find a home, within the muscle of the uterus. Their specific growth can differ dramatically, which means every case will need to be handled differently. All in all, this is the most common type of fibroid.

Bulk Symptoms
When it comes to symptoms, it is often said that intramural fibroids can actually cause bulk symptoms, or a variety of different ailments. Excessive menstrual bleeding is very common. With this type of problem, it is possible for the female’s menstrual cycles to become prolonged. On the other hand, women may begin experiencing pain near their pelvic area. Much like the other type of fibroids, it is possible for the woman to feel the need to urinate constantly, which is a result of the pressure placed on nearby organs.

Potential Causes
If you ask a medical professional, you will find out that there is really no cause of fibroids. Instead, there are a number of different causes, which are often cited. The truth of the matter is that no one really knows. Still, there are a few potential factors, which may be linked to fibroids, with the most common being pregnancy. It is suggested that women begin to produce higher levels of estrogen and progesterone, during pregnancy, which can lead to the development of growths. On the other hand, family history and hormones are also potential underlying factors, but nothing has been proven.

Higher Risk
All in all, there are some individuals, who will be at a higher risk than others. Obviously, any woman, who is going through a pregnancy, will be at a much higher risk. If your mother suffered from fibroids, it is very likely that you will too. Also, anyone, who is over the age of thirty, will be at a higher risk. In general, those of African American descent are always at an increased risk for developing fibroids. Remember that leading a healthy lifestyle can dramatically reduce your chances of developing tumors!

How to Get Diagnosed?
In order to figure out, whether or not you truly have intramural fibroids, you will need to seek out the assistance of a gynecologist. With their help, you will undergo a pelvic exam. This will help to examine the overall condition and status of your uterus. From there, you may need to proceed to an ultrasound or a Pelvic MRI.

Potential Treatments
There are several different treatments that medical professionals recommend. For instance, it is possible to rely on hormone medications, as a way to reduce the size of the tumors. On the other hand, most medical professionals will recommend removing the uterus, with invasive surgery, if the condition is severe.

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