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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: In some settings they would be inactivated almost immediately & others they may survive fro minutes/hour or so. They do not survive if they dry ou ... Read More

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gayane Ambartsumyan
19 years experience Fertility Medicine
Few days: Generally a couple of days although can survive up to 5 days.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: Ovulation happens 14 days before the period starts. Ovulation can happen from 7 to 21 days after the period starts - but is always 14 days before the ... Read More
Dr. Kathryn Leenhouts
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Usually day 14: Usually day 14. Yes you can ovulate early. Sperm can survive 3-7 days. Egg is usually available about 24 hours.
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lots of ???: 28 day cycle likely around day 14 (can confirm with ovulation prediction kits). Sperm viability is usually a couple days, but they begin dying off or ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Keshab Paudel
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Please see below: Inside a woman's body, sperm can live for up to five days depending on the conditions. If you have unprotected sex even a few days before your partner ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Um, WHAT?: Intravaginal semen (/sperm) routinely survive 3-5 days, if that is what you are trying to ask. If not, need to re-ask with more detail as to question.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
8 years experience Urology
Semen: During workups for infertility we usually recommend that semen be examined within a 30 minute window. Semen loses viability very rapidly outside the b ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: That's from one piece of bad science in 1960. It's stuck around and is still being taught http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1440662/.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Mcadams
22 years experience Internal Medicine
About 3-5 days: Generally sperm can survive inside the female reproductive tract for 3-5 days.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Little while: Depends on moisture, temperature, etc., but can reasonably survive for a few hours.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Can live upto 5 days: Inside women's vagina sperm cells from precum or postcum can live for 5 days under the optimum conditions

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