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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  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    You may obtain a breast exam and pelvic exam from any of several health care providers. If you regularly see a pediatrician or family practice physician or nurse practitioner, you may receive these types of examinations from them. Specialists in this area of health care, women’s reproductive health, are...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    What is commonly called a "mini" pill is a birth control pill that contains only one of the female hormones, progesterone. The dose is very low. The steady state of progesterone thickens the mucus in the cervix, making it harder for the sperm to reach the fallopian tubes where fertilization must occur. In...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    Food safety and pregnancy is a frequently discussed topic. The goal is to maximize the quality of nutrition but also avoid any harmful substance. The best evidence suggest the following simple guidelines:
    • Raw fruits and vegetables may become contaminated in the growing process. They should always
    ...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    The sexual response cycle is broken down into libido, arousal, and orgasm. Libido is the desire for sex. Libido and problems with libido have not been well studied in women. This allows for much discussion and theorizing while we wait for more evidence to develop. Various professionals have given...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    A woman who has had normal pap smears and negative HPV tests should continue to have pap smears every 5 years. She may stop having pap smears at age 65. Once Pap smear screening is stopped, it should not be resumed even if she has a new sexual partner.
    If a woman has had abnormal pap smears or is HPV positive,...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    The fluid passed during menstrual bleeding is a mixture of blood and natural secretions from the uterus and cervix.  The median volume of blood in this fluid is about 30cc or three teaspoons. "Median" means that half of women will pass more blood and half will pass less. If a woman bleeds more than...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    What a great question! Surveys and studies show that almost three of four people, including health care providers, believe that birth control pills cause weight gain. Almost all the evidence says this is not true. When two groups of women are given pills to take in a double blind study, one group take...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
    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
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  • 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
    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
    The easiest gynecological cancer to diagnose is fortunately also among the most common gynecological cancer. This is cancer of the cervix and can be diagnosed by a pap smear. The cervix is swabbed with a spatula and soft brush to collect cells which are then examined by a pathologist for cancer. Even better,...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    The recommendation to avoid douche in the vagina is decades old. A new study, however, sheds new light on the subject. Many vaginal douche products contain fragrance preserving chemicals called phthalates (pronounced "thal-ate"). This is a rapidly developing field of information. Numerous studies...Read More
  • Patricia Geraghty, NP - Walnut Creek, CA - Advanced Practice Nursing
    The effects of missing a birth control pill depend on when in the package the pill is missed, what the dose of estrogen is in the pill and what type of pill you are taking.

    The most important pill in the package as far as effectiveness is the first pill. Pills are organized with a number of active...Read More