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?
“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