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  • Writer's pictureDr Aradhya Achuri

What is a submucosal uterine fibroid?

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the muscle tissue of the uterus

Submucosal, or intracavitary fibroid is a type of fibroid which develops in the inner layer of the uterus or in the submucosal layer attached by a long stalk.

One in three women with fibroids experience abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and the presence of a submucosal fibroid increases the chance of this, as they grow just beneath the inner lining of the uterus. They may cause symptoms even when they are very small.People with submucosal fibroids sometimes experience heavy menstrual bleeding and long periods.

As they grow, submucosal fibroids can block and distort fallopian tubes making it impossible for the sperm to travel to the uterus for implantation

Submucosal fibroids are associated with reduced fertility and an increased miscarriage rate. They have a negative impact on rates of implantation, clinical pregnancy rate, miscarriage and live birth/ongoing pregnancy.

Depending on the size of your fibroid and the symptoms you are experiencing, your doctor recommend treating it using medication or a surgical procedure.

Hysteroscopic myomectomy for submucosal fibroids is likely to improve fertility outcomes.


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