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Helplessy hoping - March 7th, 2006 3:50 PM

I've heard 3 days and 5-7 days what is it really?

calista - March 7th, 2006 3:54 PM

I've also heard 24-72 hours. (Up to 3 days after intercourse.)

kal - March 7th, 2006 3:54 PM

I have heard both those dates too. My doctor told me to BD every other day in order to have sperm inside for ovulation.. That would imply it doesnt last for up to 7 days?? Hope that helps. Kate

AshleyB - March 7th, 2006 4:08 PM

I've read that Sperm can live up to 4-5 days in fertile cervical mucus. If you're not fertile then it's like less than a day I think.

Helplessy hoping - March 7th, 2006 4:11 PM

okay thank you that does hel. I'm just trying to figure out when I could have conceived if I did at all.

Helplessy hoping - March 7th, 2006 4:15 PM

I just read this and found it very interesting:

Sperm can live in a woman's body for up to six days — possibly seven. That's why most pregnancies result from fertilization by sperm that have been waiting in a woman's reproductive tract days before the release of her egg — ovulation — takes place.

Outside the body — where they're not being nourished and protected by a woman's cervical mucus and v____al secretions, or the warmth and moisture of a man's urethra and reproductive tract — sperm die anywhere between a half an hour to four hours after being ejaculated. If the ejaculate has dried out, or has been wiped or washed off, there are no longer any living sperm to worry about.

AshleyB - March 7th, 2006 4:22 PM

Yup, that's why they say to have s_x in the days before you know you'll ovulate, so that there are already sperm up there waiting for it. Good Luck

Lin - March 7th, 2006 4:55 PM

They can live up to 5 days inside you but usually only 2-3 days. I did some searching awhile back and found a medical journal article that stated that 48 hours is the average. So while they *can* live up to 5 days, it would be a bad idea to expect it as that's far above the average.

Grandpa Viv - March 7th, 2006 5:52 PM

Like everything else in nature there is a probability curve in play. The day before ovulation is thought to be the most fertile. Sperm can survive 5 (some say 7) days, but the longer the time the less the chance. And yes, the quality of the mucus may have something to do with it. It is irrelevant how long it survives after ovulation, since the egg is only good for 24 hours.

calista - March 7th, 2006 5:55 PM

Hey Grandpa Viv, I have a question about post ovulation temps. My temps went up .4 after I ovulated for 3 straight days, then they went up again by .3 and have stayed there for 5 days already. Do you think It is a sign I conceived??

Lin - March 7th, 2006 6:00 PM

It could be, but it could not be. My temps do that every month.

Jenny2011 - June 17th, 2011 1:27 PM

At the moment my periods r all over the place. I Hve sore ribs at the bottom I could sleep the clock round bloted can anyone help please.

esha12 - November 1st, 2011 6:11 PM

umm i had s_x on october 25 2011 (unprotected) i wasn ovulationg until the 28 i believe is there a chance i could get prego if so what is the precentage

Grandpa Viv - November 1st, 2011 7:11 PM

Esha, there is a probability curve some researchers produced on tha topic. I think 20pct might be close for three days before ovulation.

CWallace1212 - November 9th, 2011 11:05 AM

So...all in all it depends on a females v____al secrections, what comes into play after that, like is it amount or quality.

And how would I know my quality.

beta - February 3rd, 2012 4:43 AM

i wanted to ask if i was ovulating on 14th and i had an intercouse with 2 different partner and i conceive who could be the father?
how many hours could the sperm last in the virgina?

allison4758 - February 3rd, 2012 11:30 PM

Sperms can only last a maximum of 5 days in a womens body


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