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how long do sperm live outside the body in air..

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:04 AM on Jan. 31, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • 1 - 2 hours

    Answer by tambam75 at 2:32 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • i thought it immediately died off as soon as it hit air.

    Answer by tnteaton at 3:09 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • Sperm exposed to room air on clothing, bed linens or toilet seats lose motility (the ability to swim) rapidly. Once the semen dries out, the sperms are usually dead.

    If the semen is near the woman and no fertile fluid is present, they will die within a few hours outside the body. If semen is spilled on the external genitals (not in the vagina) they can swim to enter the vagina. Thus they travel from outside the body to inside.

    Inside the body sperms can survive for 72 hours or more. Half of them perish in 1 to 5 hours journey inside. Note that this half is more than 60 million sperms.

    Important to know

    Women are fertile for about 24-48 hours around the time of ovulation (before
    and after ovulation) and in most ideal conditions (ideal vaginal/uterine environments, fertile eggs, strong sperm health, etc) - sperm may be able to survive between six and seven days.

    Answer by Baby1114 at 4:44 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

  • lol. they die when air touches them. they can not live at all. they need to be in liqued stuff to survive.. lol

    Answer by Perez18 at 11:13 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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