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how long can sperm live inside of the vagina?

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Dr. Gregory Neyman
General Practice 18 years experience
4-5 days: 4-5 days generally speaking.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Days: 3-5 days is the typical estimate.
Dr. Thomas Dardarian
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
3 - 5 days: Sperm ejaculated into the upper vagina/cervical mucous can last for 3-5 days. Sperm ejaculated outside the body lives for only a few hours.

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How long does sperm last in the vagina? I hear 3-5 4-5 5-7. What is the correct answer!?

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How long does sperm stay alive for once ejaculated into the vagina?

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It is said that sperm can stay inside vagina for up to 72 hours but is it actually unlikely to stay alive that long & actually impregnate?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
No: When you are approaching ovulation the cervix produces a stretchy, egg white-like mucus that actually favors and protects the sperm and helps it on its way. Sperm have been reported to be able to survive in this mucus up to 6 days, and can definitely still impregnate.
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A 34-year-old female asked:

In home insemination how long does sperm live once inside the vagina?

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