Hi @ATsydney. I'm glad to hear u went with ur gut! Took me 3 years to be comfortable with my treatment plan and so happy I didn't go with the the first thing suggested to me, I would only have part of my ovaries left!
I don't remember that procedure but one that stood out when I was researching was draining and flushing the cyst with ethanol. My surgeon said they used that procedure ages ago but rarely these days however it's making a comeback as it works better than all the newer procedures. It's still popular in Europe. Have a look into that and discuss with ur surgeon. I'll pm u with my surgeon dets, there are some things I liked abt him and some I didn't so prefer to discuss privately. He is very qualified though, he trains other surgeons. I also have another recommendation in Melbourne, his surgical skills are supposed to be amazing, he can do a lap with only one cut instead of 3!
I couldn't do ivf without surgery cos they couldn't get to my ovaries due to my cysts, 12cms on one side and 7 on the other. It was my only option if I wanted to do ivf which I did after over a year of trying naturally with no luck. But, like u, I also don't believe that cysts reduce ur success rate. My cysts were still 6cms and 3cms during ivf and it still worked for me! You can have ur cysts drained vaginally but due to size of mine and risk of excess blood leaking all over my insides my best option was a lap. Also, was keen to see how bad the endo was. It also never showed up on scans but it's rare that it does and cos of the size of my cysts and the pain I was in doc thought it would be rampant. Turns out there was hardly any which is good to know so the doc could stop using that as a reason for infertility. I was taking serrapeptase and nattokinase and bee propolis tho and was on the endo diet so not sure if that helped with clearing up the endo. U should look into that. Before i started that I would be in tears from the endo pain but that stopped abt a month or two after staring the diet and supps. I did stop them during ivf though as wasn't sure if it was ok and did acupuncture instead which I loved. Have u tried acupuncture to help with ur follicles?
How abt other things to improve ur response? I've heard of melatonin, growth hormone, aspirin, viagra. Maybe exhaust those options before surgery? And maybe it's worth trying with one mature egg? It's quality not quantity at the end of the day and it has only taken one for some. I'll do some research for u and see what I can find in the Euro journals. I'll pm u x