January 24, 2018

How long does sperm live?

It depends.

Inside a woman’s body, it doesn’t live long at all, if we’re referring to in the vaginal canal. Sperm that is in the vagina will leak out or die before a few hours. However, if the sperm makes it to the cervical mucus, then it can live for a day or two there. But some “top survivor” sperm will live even longer, beyond 4 days. Remember, we are talking about several millions of sperm, so they survive different durations. Because there are so many INDIVIDUAL sperm, the lifespan varies between the fastest to die and the slowest to die. It’s sort of like us asking the question “How many years can a car be driven before it needs a major repair” In general, that answer might be 1-5 years, but you can always have that one car that is still running after 10 years without a repair, even though that is an uncommon exception. So in a particular grouping of sperm, the wimpiest will die instantly, and each minute more die until after a few days, only the best survive. It’s not a scenario where the sperm all stay alive and then a biological alarm goes off and they all instantly die at the same time.

Inside the male’s body, the life span of sperm is 74 days. This means if a man does something bad for sperm (smokes marijuana or tobacco), then the sperm will be negatively affected for a long time.

Outside the body, sperm die very quickly (less than a few hours), unless of course, we are talking about sperm that is placed outside the body into a special laboratory environment. Then it can live several days. If that sperm is frozen properly, then it can live indefinitely until it is thawed.

  • ouroboros

    that last comment is a little harsh and not the smartest. yes teenagers do not need to be having sex, but sometimes it just happens, the important thing is to try to stay abstinent and if you do get pregnant both the mom and dad need to do the right thing, consider marriage, raise the child with love or place it for adoption. The important thing is to remeber is just responsible and think about the consequences of your actions and decisions.

  • Aragland1988

    most likely the second one. 

  • Aragland1988

    mostly likely not. 

  • junior nimblett

    if a woman is  a diabetic can she get pregnant

  • Fekeysdaily

    Somebody just found out she will never have kids in her life ever. Because of so many abortions….You know you can keep trying right?

  • jp

    You sound like an EVIL ASSHOLE!!!

  • Black_kat

     yes…. your parents should of avoided bringing up a bastard like you !!!   Get a life and seek professional help.    YOU NEED IT.  Oh and as for your screen name…..you are SMARTERDINNO1.

  • Dmc7733

    But, let’s just say, a man ejaculates inside the woman’s body, and there is fertile discharge present, so the sperm has a chance of living for 3 to 5 days. Will taking/soaking in a bath wash the sperm out or kill it before it can reach the egg?
    Please email the answer to me:
    dmc7733@@yahoo:disqus com

  • honestly its a friend lol

    Join the discussion…my friend asked me to look it up for and because she had sex with a female that had sex the day before with a guy and now she thinks she may be expecting is that possible for it to be passed from one girl to another?

  • Carrie

    Me and my partner want to try for a baby but he got to have his sperm tested to make sure it is OK as he suffers from diabetes he has got a tube in the house of do it but how long does it live in the tube for to take it up to the hospital to have it tested