Family Planning & Birth Control

The New River Health District’s Family Planning Program provides women and men with the ability to decide whether and when to have children. A reproductive health plan is an important part of planning for your future and helps to ensure healthy pregnancies and healthy families.

Our friendly, highly-trained staff can help you make the best choices for yourself and your family. All services are confidential, affordable, and available to anyone living in Virginia, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Call any of our five convenient locations to make an appointment or learn more!

Family planning services are available at each of our local health department offices and include:

  • Physical exams
  • Pap tests
  • Testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • Breast and pelvic exams
  • Education and counseling on family planning and sexual health
  • Services specifically for teens
  • A wide range of birth control methods*, including:
    • Condoms
    • Birth control pills, patches, and rings
    • Birth control shots (Depo-Provera)
    • IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, Liletta, and ParaGard)
    • Contraceptive implants (NEXPLANON)

* Effectiveness comparisons charts available from the CDC in English or Spanish


Our family planning services are affordable for everyone!

If you have health coverage, we can bill your insurance provider, and we accept Medicaid. If you are uninsured and not eligible for full Medicaid, we can help you apply for family planning coverage through Plan First (see more about Plan First below). If you are uninsured and your income is too high to qualify for Plan First, we offer all services on a sliding-scale basis at low cost or no cost based on your income.

Call your local health department today to schedule an appointment!

Plan First – Virginia’s Family Planning (Birth Control) Services Program

Men and women who meet the income requirements but do not qualify for a full-benefit Medicaid program may be eligible for the limited benefit Plan First.

Plan First covers:

  • Annual physical exam for family planning (birth control) purposes, including PAP test (if appropriate), and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing;
  • Family planning education & counseling;
  • Birth control methods provided by a clinician or obtained with a prescription such as contraceptive implants, ring, patch, IUDs, birth control pills, diaphragms, and Depo Provera
  • Sterilizations for members over age 21, including tubal ligation or vasectomy, if that is your choice; and
  • Non-emergency transportation to family planning services

For more information about Plan First