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A 22-year-old male asked:

How long does the sperm survive out side the body ?

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Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 11 years experience
Semen: During workups for infertility we usually recommend that semen be examined within a 30 minute window. Semen loses viability very rapidly outside the body.
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Not long unfrozen: Sperm ejaculated outside the body might survive in semen, the fluid released during ejaculation, up to a few hours. Sperm can be preserved for weeks when semen is stored at a lowered temperature, ...Or years when semen is frozen, such as those in a sperm bank.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

How long does sperm survive outside the body. ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
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 out or encounter chemicals/soaps that inactivate them. They do not stay around for days on a toilet seat waiting to impregnate someone.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long can sperm survive?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
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 35-year-old female asked:
How long can sperm survive outside body If added to a fertile friendly lubricant (preseed).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Nobody knows...: Nobody knows because nobody does research on such scenarios. Just imagine all the possible variations of this scenario that would have to be looked at... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Does sperm really live a week? Does it weaken the longer it waits in a woman's body to fertilize an egg?
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 32 years experience
3-5 days: 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 26-year-old female asked:
I read that if a woman's core body temp rises, it could affect her chances of pregnancy, because the sperm cannot survive inside her body. True? Ttc.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 32 years experience
Basal body temperatu: Some women will measure basal body temperature to determine when they ovulate. They might notice an increase in BBT a day after ovulation http://www.f... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
After having unprotected sex how long can sperm survive in a womens body in order to get pregnant ?
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Sperm can remain viable and functional up to 5 days, in the woman's reproductive system, after sex.
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A 21-year-old female asked about a 16-year-old female:
Went swimming w/ 11 yrs cousin & 14 yrs girl. I felt cool pool water touching the bottom parts of my body, not sure if it entered. its my ovulation times, but if there's sperm from my 11 yrs cousin, will it survive in water? will it enter with water?
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
Not likely. Did the 11 year old ejaculate? If not no worries.
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Last updated Sep 17, 2016

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