I got a vasectomy a week ago and am experiencing some bleeding from time to time, is that normal? I read that it's a possible side effect online.

Should I go back and see my doctor? I don't really want to pay another co-pay for no reason.

Answers from doctors (11)


Yes, the "dartos" muscle layer of the scrotum is very vascular.

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

Yes, the "dartos" muscle layer of the scrotum is very vascular.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor John C. McHugh, MD

Published on Apr 19, 2019

Regarding the co-pay, there would be none as this follow up is in the "global" period. The small opening takes about 1-2 weeks to heal completely and sometimes can partially reopen if the skin is stretched for any reason. The likelihood is that all is well. You might place Neosporin on the area. If continues, see the doctor.

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

Regarding the co-pay, there would be none as this follow up is in the "global" period. The small opening takes about 1-2 weeks to heal completely and sometimes can partially reopen if the skin is stretched for any reason. The likelihood is that all is well. You might place Neosporin on the area. If continues, see the doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Neil H. Baum, MD

Published on Jul 25, 2015

Yes, you may experience slight oozing of red-tinged discharge from the incision for up to two weeks. If it is yellow or looks like it might be infected you need to return to your doctor.

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Answered by Neil H. Baum, MD

Yes, you may experience slight oozing of red-tinged discharge from the incision for up to two weeks. If it is yellow or looks like it might be infected you need to return to your doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Steven K. Sterzer, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

If the bleeding is scant (a small spot occasionally) I would wait a few days more if there are no other concerns. Don't be shy to contact your doctor if there is concern. There should be no charges incurred for a followup visit within a 90 day global period.

Answered by Steven K. Sterzer, MD (View Profile)

If the bleeding is scant (a small spot occasionally) I would wait a few days more if there are no other concerns. Don't be shy to contact your doctor if there is concern. There should be no charges incurred for a followup visit within a 90 day global period.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Leonid Kotkin, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

Mild bleeding from vasectomy site is possible within 2 weeks after vasectomy, I would not alarm about it

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Answered by Leonid Kotkin, MD

Mild bleeding from vasectomy site is possible within 2 weeks after vasectomy, I would not alarm about it

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Michael J. Karasis, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

If the bleeding is minor with no pain, swelling or fever, it generally will dry up and heal over on its own

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Answered by Michael J. Karasis, MD

If the bleeding is minor with no pain, swelling or fever, it generally will dry up and heal over on its own

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Jeffrey Alan Moody, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

It is normal to have some small amounts of spotting from an incision. If it is more than that, I would see your doctor. Vasectomy has at least a 30 day global period typically, so there should be no copay.

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Answered by Jeffrey Alan Moody, MD

It is normal to have some small amounts of spotting from an incision. If it is more than that, I would see your doctor. Vasectomy has at least a 30 day global period typically, so there should be no copay.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

Scrotal skin is very vascular. Drops of blood for several weeks is not worrisome

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Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

Scrotal skin is very vascular. Drops of blood for several weeks is not worrisome

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen F. Shaban, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

After about a week the little bit of oozing blood from the operative site really should've stopped so if it continues call your doctor

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

After about a week the little bit of oozing blood from the operative site really should've stopped so if it continues call your doctor

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Russel H. Williams, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

Slight oozing is usually not a problem and will stop with pressure. If more, then see a physician.
Regards,
Russel Willians,MD

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Answered by Russel H. Williams, MD

Slight oozing is usually not a problem and will stop with pressure. If more, then see a physician.
Regards,
Russel Willians,MD

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Theodore V. Benderev, MD

Published on Jun 17, 2015

A little bleeding from the wound, as it heals, from time to time should not be worrisome. Internal bleeding would be a different matter and requires attention of your doctor.

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

A little bleeding from the wound, as it heals, from time to time should not be worrisome. Internal bleeding would be a different matter and requires attention of your doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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