How Long Can Sperm Live In Your Body After Sex

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Helplessy hoping - March 7

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


calista - March 7

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


kal - March 7

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 7

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 7

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 7

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 7

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 7

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 7

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 7

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 7

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


Jenny2011 - June 17

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 1

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 1

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 9

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 3

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 3

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



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