Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Billions
12 Months Ended
Oct. 31, 2016
Nov. 30, 2016
Apr. 30, 2016
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Oct. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Registrant Name COOPER COMPANIES INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0000711404    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --10-31    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   48,786,598  
Entity Public Float     $ 7.5
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Well-Known Seasoned Issuer Yes