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How long do sperm live if they are inside a woman's body?

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When sperm are inside a woman's body, they can live for up to 5 days. If you're a man and you have sex even a few days before your partner ovulates, there's chance she may get pregnant.

From: Sperm FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California, Santa Barbara, SexInfo Online: "How Long Can Sperm Live in Air? In a Bath?" "Semen;" and "Making Strong Sperm."

WomensHealth.gov: "Trying to Conceive."

Oakland University: "Dr. Lindemann's Sperm Facts."

University of Michigan Health System: "Male Infertility."

Lab Tests Online: "Semen Analysis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Aging changes in the male reproductive system."

IVFMD.com: "New World Health Semen Analysis Parameters."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 30, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California, Santa Barbara, SexInfo Online: "How Long Can Sperm Live in Air? In a Bath?" "Semen;" and "Making Strong Sperm."

WomensHealth.gov: "Trying to Conceive."

Oakland University: "Dr. Lindemann's Sperm Facts."

University of Michigan Health System: "Male Infertility."

Lab Tests Online: "Semen Analysis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Aging changes in the male reproductive system."

IVFMD.com: "New World Health Semen Analysis Parameters."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 30, 2018

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