A graduate of Harvard University and The Ohio State University, Dr. Beth Grosshans has 25 years of experience as a psychologist and clinical child psychologist in Princeton, New Jersey. Now retired, Dr. Beth Grosshans spends her time supporting a variety of local and national organizations, including Planned Parenthood.
A national nonprofit, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America provides individuals with critical healthcare services, including birth control. Birth control, obtained through Planned Parenthood in many forms, has grown in national popularity since its introduction in 1972, with a Power to Decide study finding that approximately 78 percent of Americans view birth control as a standard component of every woman's healthcare plan. The same study, conducted in 2018, found that 72 percent of Americans worried that the nation's political climate might make birth control and related services difficult to access.
Despite the importance of easy access to birth control for all Americans, information about ending the birth control process is equally important. A person might decide to stop taking birth control to get pregnant or to restore their body's natural hormonal levels. While ending birth control does not require any significant preparation, after effects might include withdrawal bleeding, heavy periods, and mood swings. Some women begin ovulation within two weeks, while others may not resume a normal menstrual cycle for several months.
Medical research has found no definitive evidence of side effects related to long term birth control use, with exceptions for individuals living with hormonal imbalances or related medical conditions. To learn more about access to birth control and the potential impact different types of birth control can have on the body, please visit www.plannedparenthood.org to find a Planned Parenthood location near you.
Experienced Psychologist Beth Grosshans Lectures on Child Development