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May 13 / Mr. Science

How long can sperm live outside the body?

The word “sperm” was derived from the Greek word “sperma”–meaning “seed”. So how long can these seeds survive outside the human body?

Minutes, hours or days?

Unfortunately, there are no scientific studies of how sperm dries—or dies—on different surfaces. I guess there just isn’t much money being made from dehydrated sperm.

Barring real scientific studies, what is the general consensus of doctors about how long can sperm live outside the human body? A quick Google search uncovers hundreds of “answers” ranging from a few stricken seconds to three days of lounging around!

Which sperm would you choose?

Spermatic Trivia Questions:
1. How long do sperm live outside the body?

2. How long does it take sperm to mature in the testicles?

3. Males produce more than __________ sperm a day.

4. About __________ of a man's ejaculate is composed of sperm cells.

5. Sperm may live up to __________ DAYS in the female reproductive system.


“It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells…to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin.” –Dave Barry

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  1. WDD / Jun 5 2010

    Sperm die with contact of air in a short time, but when sperm enter a woman’s body, no one can predict how long they survive.

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