Patricia Geraghty, NP

Bio

Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • Women's Healthcare Partners of California

Location:

  • Muir Ob Gyn Medical Group
  • 112 La Casa Via Suite 200
  • Walnut Creek, CA
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Activity

  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    A woman who has gone 12 months without vaginal bleeding is considered to be fully in menopause. Any bleeding after this time period is called menopausal, or more exactly post-menopausal bleeding. It always needs to be investigated. While it may be due to a temporary resurgence of hormonal activity,...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Menopause is the cessation of menstrual bleeding due to aging. The stage of life where symptoms may occur during the years around the last menstrual period is more accurately called perimenopause. Both perimenopause and menopause are natural life passages, not diseases.  

    Some women pass through these stages in life...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    While hypothyroidism, or low thyroid, can develop during or after pregnancy, some women will have the condition before pregnancy. Thyroid needs continue to increase during a pregnancy. With hypothyroidism, a woman's thyroid may not be able to meet these demands. The thyroid function should be tested...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    A search of scientific literature finds a single report of a woman who was seen in the emergency room with pelvic pain. (Vacarro M, Moschiano F. 2009) Evaluations failed to find anything wrong in her pelvis. She then developed a migraine headache. The pelvic pain was thought to be an aura for her...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    In young people, exercise adds good stress to bones to make them stronger. As we age, exercise is almost more important in keeping muscles strong and in preventing falls than it is in actually increasing bone mass. Depending on nutrition, weight bearing exercise such as walking, and genetics, women...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    There are several different groups of medications that reverse osteoporosis. The first choice is a group called bisphosphinates. These include alendronate (Fossamax) and ibandronate (Boniva) among several others. There are special instructions on how to take these medications that are very important...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Weight bearing exercise, calcium and vitamin D, and postmenpausal hormones slow down or prevent osteoporosis. Once the bone have actually weakened to the point of osteoporosis, however, other treatments are more effective in reversing the disease.
    There are several different groups of medications...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Menopause is one year without vaginal bleeding. However, what a woman usually wants to know, while experiencing the changes in her cycles as she approaches that last period is "when will the last bleeding occur?" Just this year an updated study trying to answer that question was published, the STRAW10....Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    No, taking birth control pills during a pregnancy does not harm the baby or the mother. This information comes from large studies of women, many who did not know they were pregnant while taking pills.

    At the same time, the package insert for birth control pills says pregnant women should not take them and rates them...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    When menopause occurs in women 40 years old or younger, it is "premature." This may be caused by surgical removal of the ovaries, damage to the ovaries from medication such as chemotherapy, or it may be spontaneous. Women with premature menopause should see their clinician to confirm the diagnosis. As the...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Remember sex education in primary school? For me, this occurred in the fifth grade, with all the boys in one room and all the girls in another, but both groups hearing about "Your Wonderful Body." We learned that women have vaginal bleeding, called a menses, and this cycle of bleeding starts every...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    A woman's fertility, ability to get pregnant, becomes unpredictible as she nears menopause. The hormones from the ovaries and the brain that communicate and control the maturing and ovulation of eggs each cycle are less reliable. Overall, women ovulate less frequently but they may ovulate either...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    When menopause occurs in women 40 years old or younger, it is "premature." This may be caused by surgical removal of the ovaries, damage to the ovaries from medication such as chemotherapy, or it may be spontaneous. Women with premature menopause should see their clinician to confirm the diagnosis. As the...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Keep a notebook or journal. As you think of questions, write them down. This eliminates the stress caused by you trying to remember too many things. Use part of the notebook to keep track of dates and types of tests and treatments. Use part of the notebook to track lab results. Keep the names, ad...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Hot flashes can be a real challenge to good quality of life in the perimenopausal woman who has breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor. Estrogen use in the form of a pill or spray or patch that supplies estrogen to the whole body is not recommended.
    The only medicinal substitute shown to be...Read More