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A 31-year-old female asked:

How long can it take sperm reach the egg to fertilize it?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Victor Beshay
Fertility Medicine 21 years experience
Several minutes: It doesn't take sperm long to reach the egg for fertilization. Sperm can reach the egg in a matter of minutes. During intercourse, sperm is also picked up and saved by the cervical mucous and sent towards the egg over many hours.
Dr. HUGH Melnick
Fertility Medicine 50 years experience
18-30 MINUTES : After sexual intercourse, sperm has been shown to reach the end of the fallopian tubes in 18-30 minutes during a womans 72 hour window of peak fertility. Once the sperm has reached the egg, the process of fertilization takes 18 hours.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a sperm to reach an egg?

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Dr. Seth Derman
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 34 years experience
Not long: It can be a matter of minutes from the time the sperm is ejaculated until it reaches the egg. The sperm are also stored in the cervical mucus so they can continue to filter up into the uterus and tubes for days.
A 27-year-old female asked:

Would you feel when the sperm is fertilizing the egg? How long does it take for the sperm to fertilize the egg

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
No: You can not feel that. The initial fertilization process when the sperm penetrates the egg is less than a second. It can take minutes, hours or even a day or two for the spetm to reach the egg.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How long dose it take for sperm to reach the egg?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not long: It can be as little as 15-30 minutes, but sperm can last inside a woman's body up to 3-5 days.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long before sperm reaches the egg?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Depends: Sperm can reach egg already in fallopian tube in 30 - 60 minutes. However sperm can survive a few days in the fallopian tube until an ovum (egg) enters the tube ; before they both meet.
A member asked:

How long does it take the sperm to meet and fertilize the egg?

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Dr. Victor Beshay
Fertility Medicine 21 years experience
Minutes: Once sperm enters the uterus it takes minutes to reach the tubes where the egg is. Sperm that doesn't gain immediate entry is held in the cervical mucous and released into the uterus over time.
Last updated Dec 27, 2018

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