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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.

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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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristel Hunt
22 years experience Hepatology
Up to a week: for highest chances of conception, 2-3d from ovulation though. and sperm would not hang out in the vagina - it would have travelled to the fallopian t ... Read More
Dr. Lori Mcneal
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sperm survival: Sperm can survive inside a woman's body up to 6-7 days under the right conditions.first day of intercourse would be day 1
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Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Several days: Sperm can severe on the order of three to five days. Timing does start when the sperm is deposited in the vagina.
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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
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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
5 Days!: Pretty remarkable little guys aren't they?
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Till first urination: Sperm can not survive in the urethra beyond that.
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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 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.

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