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A 21-year-old female asked:

When sperm hits the air does it die?

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Dr. Deborah Wong
Family Medicine 35 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 16-year-old male asked:

Does sperm die when exposed to air?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Yes: After a period of time as they dry out.
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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 26 years experience
When sperm is: dried out - it is no longer functional / alive.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Does sperm really die when it hits air?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Pretty quick!: Depends on surrounding ejaculate a bit. But exposure is not good outside. A single spermatozoa exposed will die quickly,
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A male asked:

Does sperm or cum die when I hits the air ?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Yes: Sperm will not survive out side , unless you preserve in proper solutions and temperature as done in sperm banks In female genital system will survive up to 5 days.
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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 24 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.
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Last updated Jan 15, 2021

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