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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long can an egg survive during ovulation?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Upto 72 hours: The later u conceive during ovulation higher chance of female child the fresh sperm has more y so more male conception later the male sperms die and will have higher incidence of female child since x sperms able to cope better with stress - i guess we adapt even before birth.
Dr. Julian Escobar
Specializes in Fertility Medicine
24 hrs: The egg lives ~24 hours after ovulation and thus the sperm need to wait for the egg. Sperm can live 3-5 days in the cervix and uterus, while they die in about an hour in the vagina. Therefore, out of millions of sperm, only a few thousand make it into the cervix or uterus. Inseminations (iui) can increase this number to millions.
Dr. Sy Le
Dr. Sy Leanswered
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Up to 24 hours: From ivf experience, the egg loses its ability to fertilize 1 day after it is collected from the ovary. In a natural cycle, the woman is fertile for 1 day after she ovulates. To maximize conception, intercourse should occur for 3 consecutive days after the LH surge.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
About a day: Women don't know exactly when they ovulate, so it's always an estimate. After ovulation, her egg will be fertile for about a day. That means she is truly fertile during just one of those days in her "fertile period". She should have sex throughout her "fertile period" so live sperm will just be hanging around waiting for the egg to pop out, at which time she will truly be fertile, for about a day.

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How long is the egg healthy during ovulation?

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Dr. Nancy Durso
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
12 hours: After the egg is ovulated it is only healthy to be fertilized for about 12 hours. After that the egg dies off and is resorbed by the body.
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When you ovulate how long are the eggs able to be fertilized?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
3 to 5 days: That is the time of possible conception, which of course requires a viable egg!

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