In conjunction with the West Virginia Family Planning Program, the Mercer County Health Department offers a comprehensive medical history and review, along with a clinical examination which may include:

  • Clinical breast exam and instruction on monthly self-exam
  • Testicular exam and instruction of self-exam
  • Screening and treatment for some sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
  • Pap test and pelvic exams performed beginning at age 21
  • Menstrual/sexual history
  • Pregnancy testing

Free contraceptive methods include:

  • Intrauterine device (i.e. ParaGard, Mirena)
  • Hormonal Implants (Nexplanon)
  • Birth control shots (Depo-Provera)
  • Contraceptive Ring (NuvaRing)
  • Contraceptive Patch (Ortho Evra)
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Foam and condoms
  • Diaphragms (Ortho ALL-FLEX, Arcing Spring)
  • Vaginal Contraceptive Film

Information on abstinence, natural family planning, emergency contraceptive pills and surgical sterilization (tubal ligation and vasectomy) can be provided upon request.

Health Education and counseling includes:

  • How pregnancy occurs
  • Birth control methods
  • Behaviors that place people at risk for getting STDs including HIV
  • Reproductive Life Planning
  • Pregnancy options
  • Resisting pressure to engage in sexual activities
  • Preconception counseling and the benefits of folic acid before becoming pregnant

Direct inquiries about out program can be made by phone at (304) 324-8851 and asking for Ethel Yopp, LPN, or Holly Kadar, M.A., C.N.A. Either can be reached by email at and