I am scheduled for a vasectomy next week but I'm currently taking daily aspirin. Should I stop taking it before the surgery?

I'm going in for a vasectomy next week. I currently take daily aspirin. Should I stop taking it before the surgery?

Answers from doctors (14)


Yes, for at least 3 days prior.

Answered by Mark J. Saslawsky, MD - Memphis Office (View Profile)

Yes, for at least 3 days prior.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Apr 18, 2019

Yes, it is a blood thinner, which increases your chances of bruising or developing a hematoma. You should be off of it for 7 to 10 days.

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

Yes, it is a blood thinner, which increases your chances of bruising or developing a hematoma. You should be off of it for 7 to 10 days.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Mar 22, 2016

If a doctor prescribed the aspirin--for example, for a stent--you should check with him first to see if it is OK to stop the aspirin. But, in general, you want to stop the aspirin 7-10 days before the vasectomy.

Answered by Theodore V. Benderev, MD (View Profile)

If a doctor prescribed the aspirin--for example, for a stent--you should check with him first to see if it is OK to stop the aspirin. But, in general, you want to stop the aspirin 7-10 days before the vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Allen Futral, MD

Published on Jul 31, 2015

Yes usually 5 days prior better to stop 7 days prior

Answered by Allen Futral, MD (View Profile)

Yes usually 5 days prior better to stop 7 days prior

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

Yes. Stop all aspirin and anti-inflammatories one week before any surgery.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/3069_1426036333.jpg
Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Yes. Stop all aspirin and anti-inflammatories one week before any surgery.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

It is a good idea to stop aspirin at least two days before any surgery

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/5110_1426036354.jpg
Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

It is a good idea to stop aspirin at least two days before any surgery

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Harris M. Nagler, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 30, 2015

It is important to understand why you are taking aspirin. If your physician recommended taking it for a specific reason you should confer with the prescribing doctor to be certain that you can or should stop it. Aspirin needs to be stopped 5-7 days prior to a surgical procedure.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/5472_1462114802.jpg
Answered by Harris M. Nagler, MD, FACS

It is important to understand why you are taking aspirin. If your physician recommended taking it for a specific reason you should confer with the prescribing doctor to be certain that you can or should stop it. Aspirin needs to be stopped 5-7 days prior to a surgical procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

Yes, aspirin "thins" the blood which increases the possibility of a bleeding complication. Whether it is low dose (baby aspirin) or regular dose, it should generally be stopped 7 days before the vasectomy.
Rarely, there are cases requiring the continuation of aspirin to prevent major clotting problems in the body, but those are unusual in the younger patients who having vasectomies.

Answered by Theodore V. Benderev, MD (View Profile)

Yes, aspirin "thins" the blood which increases the possibility of a bleeding complication. Whether it is low dose (baby aspirin) or regular dose, it should generally be stopped 7 days before the vasectomy.
Rarely, there are cases requiring the continuation of aspirin to prevent major clotting problems in the body, but those are unusual in the younger patients who having vasectomies.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Christopher P. Fontenot, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

It is not necessary to stop.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/5800_1426803416.jpg
Answered by Christopher P. Fontenot, MD

It is not necessary to stop.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Naveen Kella, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

yes- you should stop daily aspirin prior to the procedure and ask the doctor when it is okay to resume it.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/6020_1430948186.jpg
Answered by Naveen Kella, MD

yes- you should stop daily aspirin prior to the procedure and ask the doctor when it is okay to resume it.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Roscoe S. Nelson, MD, FACS

Published on Jul 30, 2015

Yes! I tell my patients to stop anything similar to aspirin for at least a week before their vasectomy. If it's less than a week I would let your doctor know.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/5712_1500657873.jpg
Answered by Roscoe S. Nelson, MD, FACS

Yes! I tell my patients to stop anything similar to aspirin for at least a week before their vasectomy. If it's less than a week I would let your doctor know.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor S. Shawn Gholami, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

Yes. Please stop

Answered by S. Shawn Gholami, MD (View Profile)

Yes. Please stop

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Jeffrey Alan Moody, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

The short answer is yes. Although the risk of bleeding is small, we reccomend that you discontinue any blood thinning medicines 1 week prior to your vasectomy. If you are on presciption blood thinners like coumadin or Xarelto, contact your urologist for guidance.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/4749_1500677900.jpg
Answered by Jeffrey Alan Moody, MD

The short answer is yes. Although the risk of bleeding is small, we reccomend that you discontinue any blood thinning medicines 1 week prior to your vasectomy. If you are on presciption blood thinners like coumadin or Xarelto, contact your urologist for guidance.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Jul 30, 2015

Yes. Stop all blood thinners 1 week ahead.

//imgs-origin.edoctors.com/imageresizer/image/user_uploads/58x58_85-1/doctors/5512_1477002758.jpg
Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Yes. Stop all blood thinners 1 week ahead.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Related Questions for Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy Reversal -10 answers
I am having the procedure done in the morning and would like to enjoy some time at the lake in the afternoon.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -5 answers
I had a vasectomy before meeting my partner and now that we will be marrying soon, we'd like to start a family. So I had a vasectomy reversal three months ago. I have not ejaculated more than 10 times for purity purposes before marriage. I had my sperm tested after the reversal procedure and it shows that the sperm has not returned. Can we hold out hope? Is there a chance the sperm will return?
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -5 answers
Can a doctor go in and remove sperm for me and my partner to get pregnant? I had a vasectomy and really want a child with her.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -1 answer
I had a robot-assisted vasectomy reversal and my doctor told me not to ejaculate or have sex for FOUR WEEKS. I'm having a difficult time. I'm at two weeks post-procedure and waiting another two weeks seems excessive. Do I REALLY need to wait an entire four weeks?
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -3 answers
I had a vasectomy done 4 ears ago and I'm concerned the anti-sperm antibodies will affect the rest of my body.
See More
Get answers from our experienced doctors.
How it works
Vasectomy Reversal -8 answers
My husband had vasectomy but now we want kids.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -10 answers
I'm 35 and I don't think I want to have children. If for some reason I do find someone later on in life, and I want to have kids does it matter how old I am? Could I be 45 and get a reversal? Should I not get a vasectomy if I think I'll want kids?
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -4 answers
I'm not sure how much pain is normally experienced.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -6 answers
I'm considering having a vasectomy and then a reversal 6 years from now.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -15 answers
I unfortunately lost two children in a car accident in 2014.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -1 answer
I'm wondering if being fixed can come undone on its own without a doctor's help. I haven't really wanted kids until I met my fiance of a month. We have made love and have been together all the time.
See More
Vasectomy Reversal -3 answers
Is it as effective as a normal vasectomy?
See More
Get answers from our experienced doctors.
How it works

Related Articles

Have specific questions?
ASK A DOCTOR