Shifa Free Clinic is a full-service gynecology office specializing in the comprehensive treatment of women of all ages.
Our primary goal is to meet the patient’s needs – which can range from providing annual preventive exams to management of a wide range of gynecological problems. We offer no cost labs and ultrasound services to provide the most thorough assessment of a patient’s problem .
Make an appointment or call us at: 843-352-4580
Our providers at SHIFA free clinic care about you and your health, making a yearly exam is one of the most important things a woman can do to ensure good overall health and wellness. This is a time you can discuss specific concerns as well as review important topics with your provider, including breast health, sexual health, contraception, menstrual cycle and associated symptoms, perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, bone health, and diet and exercise. This visit will also be a time for a full physical exam as well as appropriate screening tests including cervical cancer screening (a PAP smear which may include an HPV test), STD screening, and lab tests – all done in house.
At an annual exam, you may also receive an order for a no cost screening mammogram, and colon cancer screening options depending on your age and/or symptoms.
This is possible due to the kindness and generosity of these collaborators:
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be protected against through Gardasil, a vaccination that protects against the nine most common strands of HPV. HPV has been associated with cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. HPV may also cause genital warts.
At Shifa free clinic we provide no cost Gardasil vaccine through Merck Patient assistance program. Once you fill out the application we get the approval same day and can provide you the vaccine either same day or within 30 days for approval per your choice.
Medical tests can look for many inherited gene mutations. This type of testing is called predictive genetic testing. Most people do not need this type of genetic testing. It’s usually recommended when certain types of cancer run in a family and a gene mutation is suspected.
BRCA mutation testing: The BRCA gene test is a blood test that’s done to determine if you have changes (mutations) in your DNA that increase the risk of breast cancer. Mutations in either breast cancer gene — BRCA1 or BRCA2 — significantly increase the risk of: Breast cancer.
Shifa free clinic is able to offer BRCA testing through in kind donation of Myriad Genetics https://myriad.com/
You may not realize that you need vaccines throughout your life. Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. We are able to provide most of the needed adult vaccination depending on availability at the clinic.
All adults need
You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you and talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.
Find out which vaccine do you need : https://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/
IN OFFICE PROCEDURES
Many gynecological disorders, including ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or malignant tumors, can be easily detected with the help of ultrasound.
Shifa Free clinic offers no cost in house ultrasound imaging done by Dr Reshma Khan
When is ultrasound recommended: An ultrasound, which provides a picture of internal organs, tissue, and fluid in the body, may be recommended for symptoms including painful periods, menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain, or postmenopausal bleeding.
How is it done: Most often a gynecological ultrasound is done transvaginally. This means that a small ultrasound transducer, covered with a protective sheath, is inserted part way into the vagina. This is the most effective way ultrasound can help detect changes in the size, shape, and overall condition of your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bladder. Information gained from ultrasound imaging helps our providers develop the most appropriate plan of care for each patient.
In office Diagnostic procedures:
- Endometrial biopsy: An endometrial biopsy is a medical procedure in which a small piece of tissue from the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is removed for examination under a microscope. The removed tissue is examined for cancer or any other cell abnormalities. It is done to diagnose bleeding problems.
- Colposcopy with biopsy: Colposcopy is a medical diagnostic procedure to examine an illuminated, magnified view of the cervix as well as the vagina and vulva.when you have abnormal pap smear. Many pre-malignant lesions and malignant lesions in these areas have discernible characteristics that can be detected through the examination.While a colposcopy can suggest that you have cancer or precancerous tissue, only a biopsy can actually make a diagnosis
- Vulvar Biopsy : A vulvar biopsy is a test to check for vulvar cancer or another skin disease. The vulva is the outer part of a woman’s genitals. During a biopsy, small pieces of tissue are taken from areas of skin that look abnormal. The tissue is then checked in a lab for cancer cells and other types of skin disease.
No cost In office minor Surgical procedures
- LEEP : The loop electrosurgical excision procedure is one of the most commonly used approaches to treat high grade cervical dysplasia discovered on colposcopic examination
- Polypectomy: A cervical polypectomy is an office procedure to remove small growths called polyps.Cervical polyps are growths of tissue on the cervix that are usually non-cancerous and don’t typically cause symptoms. However, a small percentage of cervical polyps can undergo changes that make them precancerous or cancerous. For this reason, it’s advisable to have cervical polyps removed via polypectomy.
The procedure is not painful, but a dull ache or cramping may be present during and after. A watery discharge or light bleeding after the procedure is normal. Sexual intercourse and tampons should be avoided until the discharge and/or bleeding has subsided (usually two to four weeks).
- Bartholins cyst: Often a Bartholin’s cyst requires no treatment — especially if the cyst causes no signs or symptoms. When needed, treatment depends on the size of the cyst, your discomfort level and whether it’s infected, which can result in an abscess. In case needed your provider at Shifa Free clinic and do the incision and drainage as needed.
Your team of providers at Shifa Free Clinic can help you decide what method of contraception is right for you. By reviewing your medical history, family history, and personal goals, our physicians can help you learn which method of birth control is your best option. Birth control options include hormonal and non-hormonal methods and come in the form of pills, injections, long-acting reversible implants, and barrier methods. The team at Shifa will help guide you in the decision making of which method is right for you.
Due to our collaborative partners we are able to provide the following:
Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives
Due to our collaboration with Choose well and Direct Relief we are able to provide same day insertions of the following LARC
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are one form of birth control . They are easy to use, very reliable, and have a very low risk of side effects or complications. These methods include:
- Mirena (progesterone based) intra-uterine device (IUD)
- Kyleena (progesterone based) intra-uterine device IUD
- Paragard (hormone free, copper based) intra-uterine device
- Nexplanon (progesterone based) subdermal implant
Combined hormonal based methods of birth control have the benefit of regulating cycles, managing abnormal bleeding, providing shorter and less painful periods, and are also very reliable for contraception when taken properly.
We are able to provide no cost pills with 3-6 months supply of pills depending on availability due to partnership with Direct Relief