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What is the maximum time semen can survive outside the body?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Wording needs fix: Semen by itself is just organic protein containing fluid material that supports sperm that travel within it. It is not actually a living material. You are welcome to start over if your question is really about the survival of sperm.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Life span of sperm: Semen is composed of sperm and various fluids from vas deferent, prostate, and seminal vesicle. Life span of sperm ejaculated in semen is only 24-48 hours at body temperature. However, sperm can be preserved for years when frozen at temperature below minus 100 degrees celsius.

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