I got married last year, and my husband and I started the research process well before our wedding. I think I started seeing my RE 6 months before the wedding, but there wasn't much she could do, since we weren't ready to start yet. Obviously, each person is different, but if I'd known how long it would take me to get to the point of starting injectables, I would have done so well before the wedding. I had to be on estrogen patches for 9 months before my uterine lining was even close to the thickness it should be. My RE couldn't even find my ovaries on my first ultrasound. But this was because I'd never been through puberty at all.
My RE told me right off the bat that there were conflicting studies about the use of HGH in infertility patients. follicle growth. And the impact was very quick, too. I'd done research on the subject, too, and found a few studies that said growth hormone increased follicle growth in mice, rats, and rabbits. As for me, I was on HGH until 18, then stopped, and went back on at 23 for 3 years or so. It started giving me migraines, so my endocrinologist had me stop. I started my first cycle of injectables on July 24th. Normal cycle is 10-14 days long, but I was on it for 20 days when my RE decided to add HGH to the mix. The injectables (Menapur 150 units) were working, but really slowly. My ovaries were growing, blah blah blah, but I still had no follicles. So I started HGH and by my next appointment, 4 days later, I had developed 4 measurable follicles and a bunch of tiny ones. 4 days later, I went back to my RE and she found out that I had 12 follicles that were measurable and would probably continue growing. She talked to me about canceling the cycle, since it would be too dangerous to proceed with that many follicles. We agreed that I would cut my injectables dose in half, and I would stop the HGH. Unfortunately, that was a bad move, because 4 days later, most of the follicles had stopped growing or had shrunk. I had to cancel the cycle anyways, and I was devastated. I had accepted the fact that the treatments might not work...but not that they would start to work, and then stop working. I'm back on birth control pills so I can have a period and start my next injectables cycle mid-September. Next time, we are going to be a lot more careful about the HGH, because for me, it had a huge impact on