The Truth about Sperm Survival: How Long Do Sperm Live? | Natural Cycles
The length of time they stay alive has a lot to do with environmental factors and how fast they dry up. If you ovulate shortly after you finish your period, the sperm may still be alive and can fertilize the egg. Learn more: Can you get pregnant if you have sex on your period? Keep reading to learn more about the lifespan of sperm as well as sperm motility. Also find out which urban legends about sperm and pregnancy are true and which are false. You may have heard that oxygen kills sperm.
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Some die within minutes, and some can live anywhere up to seven days, under perfect conditions. But most live about two or three days inside the female reproductive system, according to USC Fertility. You need just one sperm to make it to the right place — the correct fallopian tube — at the correct time — after ovulation — to create a new life. This makes it seem like pregnancy could occur very easily.