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Does sperm die when exposed to air?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Yes: After a period of time as they dry out.

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A 17-year-old female asked:

How long does it take for sperm to die when it is exposed to air?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Seconds to minutes: Sperm is very unstable in the environment and will die very quickly.
A 21-year-old female asked:

When sperm hits the air does it die?

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Dr. Deborah Wong
Family Medicine 34 years experience
NO: This may be a misconception for couples using the "pull out method" for contraception. Sperm may not be viable for long "out in the air" however, if you are using the pull out method for contraception, normal sperm are very active and strong swimmers, so even if most of ejaculation happens after "pull out" and , even small amounts left close to the vagina, can make a bee line to the womb.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

Does sperm die when it hits the air ?

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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 38 years experience
No: it actually takes a few minuets but if they are i semen or certain other fluids they may survive for a while.
A 23-year-old male asked:

How long does it take sperm to die in air.

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Minutes: Sperm is very sensitive to any environment other than testicles. Even in the vagina tons of sperm cells die quickly. Outside of the body it dies quickly as it dries up.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Could sperm die when it dries or when it hits the air?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
When sperm is: dried out - it is no longer functional / alive.

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