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Dr. Philip Chenette

Fertility Medicine
San Francisco, CA
39 years experience male

Locations

Pacific Fertility Center

San Francisco, CA

Address

55 Francisco Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Chenette is a Medical Director at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco. Dr. Chenette is rated as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by his peers and is a recognized "Top Doctor" in the national Consumers’ Checkbook “Guide to Top Doctors” and “America’s Guide to Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists”. Dr. Chenette is a past recipient of the American Fertility Association’s (AFA) prestigious Family Building Award. The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) appointed Dr. Chenette to Assistant Clinical Professor with the Volunteer Clinical Faculty (VCF) in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Chenette’s compassion and experienced approach to treating complex infertility conditions places him among the very best fertility doctors in the nation. A native of the Chicago area, Dr. Chenette is an internationally recognized Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility that trained under the pioneers of oocyte donation. His work on ovarian stimulation techniques and preparation of the uterus for oocyte donation has been internationally quoted. He obtained his MD degree from Indiana University Medical School in 1983 and was selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Scholars Program. After completing residency training at Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, Dr. Chenette completed fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1989. After fellowship, he was appointed to the teaching faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Philip Chenette has spent the last twenty years specializing in the treatment of patients with complex infertility diagnoses, especially in women with decreased ovarian reserve, and women over 40. Throughout his career, Dr. Chenette has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in medicine. In his free time, Dr. Chenette enjoys photography and videography, playing the piano, oboe, and guitar, piloting a plane, bicycling, and skiing with his three daughters and lovely wife. Look for him at Shirley Lake!

Specialties
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Fertility Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

304 Answers
33 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Period = full flow: The start of a period is the first day of full flow.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Ovulation varies: Ovulation can easily change from month to month. Ovulation is controlled by pituitary hormones, and communication between pituitary and ovary is often... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: A small amount of breast tissue can be found in the armpits, known as ectopic, or accessory breast tissue. It responds to hormones just the way any ot... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Oligo-ovulation: This indicates a problem with ovulation. The pituitary gland is not properly regulating follicle development. This is usually easy to treat. Check ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Cervical bleeding: Cervical bleeding is common, and usually comes from the delicate blood vessels that course over the surface of the cervix. It can be triggered by use ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes, though rare: The luteal phase, the time from ovulation to the next period is usually at least a week, and up to two weeks in length. Late ovulation indicates a pro... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Pain after transfer: Pelvic pain after transfer is much like any ovulation cycle. A persistent corpus luteum is the most common cause. Enlarged ovaries after stimulation i... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Timing: Egg white (clear and stretchy) cervical mucous indicates that estrogen levels are high. High estrogen is common as you are preparing for ovulation. If... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Takes just one sperm: It takes but one sperm, and one egg, to produce a pregnancy. The pre-ejaculation fluids (pre-cum) contain sperm, at times millions. Withdrawal is not ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Faint + pregnancy: A faint positive pregnancy test often means an early miscarriage. It warrants an immediate call to your doctor. A blood test should be done to rule o... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
6 months, seek help: For a woman over 35, should seek help if it has been longer than 6 months trying to conceive, or if cycles are irregular, male factor is suspected, or... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy is certainly possible. Best to wait for a few days after a menstrual period is missed to check a urine pregnancy test.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
True: Mineral oil has minimal effects on sperm. It is ok to use when trying to conceive. That said, use only what you need, and use it only where you need i... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
See an fertility doc: Pcos is a common illness in which ovulation cycles become locked. There are some conditions that should be tested, like problems with the adrenal gla... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Oligo-ovulation: The most common reason for period problems after using birth control pills is a 'lazy pituitary', where the pituitary hormones that stimulate follicle... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No: Clomiphene alone does not increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. On the other hand, the risk factors that lead to fertility treatment are associated.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Pregnancy: A period is the natural menstrual flow that happens after ovulation without a pregnancy. A miscarriage is loss of an early pregnancy. Miscarriag... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No: Signs of ovulation are not sufficient to provide contraception. The signs of ovulation, like cervical or vaginal fluid, or ovarian pain, are not alwa... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Optimize Fertility: Optimizing fertility is always the same, regardless of 1 or 2 ovaries. Stress reduction, a well-balanced diet, more complex carbs, reduced simple car... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Trich causes inflammation in the cervix, which blocks the cervix and reduces sperm available to the egg. Trich is commonly associated with other gyne... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Possibly: Severe damage or highly stressful training certainly could cause fertility problems from stress or damage, but this is not common. Fertility problems... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Just after menses: Hsg is performed just after menses, day 5-9 of the cycle. Hsg is used to diagnose tubal patency, and to investigate the health of the uterus and endo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Mild effects on sperm count, motility, and morphology, and effects on sperm dna fragmentation have been identified with mj use. Interest in sex is di... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No: Some medications do have an effect, typically those that act on the pituitary gland or the ovary. If the medication interferes with menstrual cycles ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Monomucleosis, like any medical stress, can cause infertility in men and women. The effects are generally short-term and reversible.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No: Pinworms usually do not affect fertility.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
CMV and Fertility: While CMV can increase the risk for birth defects, it does not affect the ability to conceive. Cmv positive blood tests are quite common. Take t... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Most no: Most antibiotics used for common infections do not influence fertility. A few can influence fetal development, such as the tetracyclines. The quinolon... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Look for Spinn!: Cervical mucous becomes thin, stretchy, and voluminous just before ovulation. This is called spinnbarkeit (german for stretchy and elastic). To see ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Medical Rx Fertility: Fertility is a valuable resource. Every woman should understand their fertility, how it changes during life and how to manage and optimize it. A great... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Low gondal hormones: Hypogonadism in men is low function of the gonads, the testes, resulting in low testosterone or low sperm production. This often is from weak pitui... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Letrozole (femara) for most women has fewer side effects than clomiphene, but can produce many of the same effects in susceptible women.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Chronic cervicitis is an inflammation that can obstruct the cervix, blocking sperm. It can be treated with antibiotics. Insemination is often useful... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Suppresses prolactin: Bromocriptine is used in women with high prolactin levels to restore normal menstrual cycles. It improves pituitary production of FSH and allows norm... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Yes, acupuncture before and after embryo transfer has been shown to help with fertility. At other times it serves as a good stress reduction method.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Moderate, yes: Moderate exercise is good for anyone trying to conceive. More severe forms of training at a competitive level can become a biological stress that can ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Headaches: Headaches and hot flashes are the most common side effects of Lupron (leuprolide) when used short term.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Seek advice: Seek advice from a reproductive endocrinologist for low sperm counts. Best strategy on your own is healthy diet and exercise, minimize stress and alc... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
The egg is released: At ovulation the mature follicle in the ovary releases its egg. Ovulation is triggered by a surge of hormones from the pituitary gland, luteinizing h... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Very effective: A properly performed tubal ligation is about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Ovary or uterus: Common reasons for no menstruation are lack of ovulation and the estrogen and Progesterone that come with ovulation, and scarring or injury to the end... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Varies: Natural conception is difficult over age 40, and rare after age 43. Reproductive aging affects eggs, since older women have more abnormal eggs with ch... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Yes. It's simple. An egg retrieval involves placing a needle into the ovary. No cervix or uterus needed.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
28 days: The typical ovulation cycle is the menstrual flow d1-5, follicle development d5-13, ovulation d14, and the luteal phase d15-28. The cycle then restar... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Varies: More than two cups a day seem to affect the way an egg is picked up by the fallopian tube. If you are trying to conceive, best to stick to 1-2 cups p... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No: There is not a lot of difference in conception rates by time of day. Nighttime is theoretically better, since there is more time at night for sperm... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
No benefits: Studies have not shown any benefit to Progesterone cream over other Progesterone sources.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Early treatment best: Chlamydia is an infection that can damage the fallopian tubes. Fortunately, if caught early, there are few ill effects. Infections that are not trea... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Semen analysis: A semen analysis is the place to start. A sperm sample is collected into a cup after masturbation, and measured in an andrology lab. The best singl... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Right away: Usually no restriction, but check with your doctor for guidance, as opinions vary.

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Nov 1, 2012
Dr. Chenette appears very knowledgeable and I like his answers. He's spot on with his comments, very easy to agree with.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chenette is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chenette is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Philip I'm in my lated 40's and I missed my period last month but got it this month. Been experiencing pregnancy symptoms like crazy. The nausea, tender brests, freq...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you doctor, I feel I may need a hysteroscopy next just to rule out endometriosis ect. As the embryos seem high quality??
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Thanks for your quick reply! This happened b4 got BFP to but mnth conceived I didnt get any dark discharge. Wonder low progestesterone?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

MAGEE WOMENS HOSPITAL OF UPMC HEALTH SYSTEM

Awards

Family Building Award (AFA)
Fertility Doctor of the Month (Fertility Authority)
Top Doctor in Consumers' Checkbook Guide to Top Doctors

Affiliations

Pacific Fertility Center
California Pacific Medical Center
University of California San Francisco
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