Intramural fibroids

Intramural fibroids are noncancerous growths (benign tumors) found within the wall of the uterus. They are made of smooth muscles cells and fibrous tissue and are the most common type of uterine fibroid.

Some women with intramural fibroids experience symptoms, such as pelvic or abdominal pain or pressure, painful intercourse, heavy or irregular bleeding, increased need to urinate, bloating or thickness in the stomach area, or problems getting or staying pregnant.

Intramural fibroids are usually diagnosed with a physical exam and a pelvic ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Intramural fibroids that do not cause symptoms may not need treatment, but they should be closely watched. Fibroids that cause symptoms may be surgically removed or treated with hormone medication.

Last Updated: August 11, 2009

Author: Sandy Jocoy, RN

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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