A lot of numbers are thrown out there about the lifespan of sperm but here's the scoop: sperm can live as little as a couple of hours or as long as five days after sex. Once inside the vagina, the lifespan of the sperm depends on the woman's vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes. Without fertile cervical fluid, sperm won't survive longer than a few hours inside the vagina or uterus if they make it that far. Many sperm die off in the very acidic vaginal canal within the first 12 hours.
Here's how long sperm actually lasts for after sex
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Ovulation is the point in your menstrual cycle where one of your ovaries releases an egg. Typically an egg survives in the female reproductive system for between 12 and 24 hours, this varies cycle to cycle. Natural Cycles works by detecting ovulation, this can be identified by an increase in basal body temperature caused by hormones prior to ovulation day. Basal body temperature is the lowest resting body temperature measured to 2 decimal points. Read more about how Natural Cycles works here. In biological terms, your ovulation day is the only day when you can get pregnant, as this is the point when the sperm and the egg actually meet. Sperm survival varies due to a number of factors.
How Long Does Sperm Survive in the Wild?
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.
There are approximately million sperm in each human ejaculation, but only about 2 million sperm make it into the cervix. Out of the approximately 2 million sperm entering the cervix, only about 1 million make it into the uterus. The rest are stopped by gooey mucus, or swim into dead-end channels inside the walls of the cervix. Out of the approximately 1 million sperm that enter the uterus, only about 10, make it to the top of the organ. The rest are attacked and absorbed by white blood cells, which start to appear in force as soon as sperm enter their defensive perimeter.