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Help put my mind at rest: How long does sperm last for outside the body?

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Question - (23 September 2005) 24 Answers - (Newest, 28 December 2009)
A male , anonymous writes:

This is a silly question to ask but i'm sure im not the only one that has thought about this.

How long does sperm last for, once its out of your body? the other day i masturbated in the shower, and i was really paranoid about cleaning everything up spotless with the fear of having my sister showering later, i began thinking that if there had to be a drop of sperm somewhere and that she came into contact with it, or on her shower sponge that it might do something to her. sounds very stupid I know but i thought that she might get pregenant. i know that it needs to be in large quantities to have an effect on some people but that little question always remains in my head, what if?

I've heard once before that the life of sperm does't last long in water? Ie it looses its effect. is that true? Obviously by these questions you can see that im not very sure about these things, so i hope that someone can give me some clarity on this situation. What is the life span of sperm once it has left your body. once its out is there anyway that it becomes effective again. i know this sounds silly, but i really need to know these things. I cant talk with my folks because they avoid this topic eveytime.

thank you

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A reader, anonymous, writes (28 December 2009):

i'm 18 and i want to get pregnant so bad, my boyfriend came in me but it wasnt my ovalating date, a week after he knew it was my ovalating day an he didnt come in me, but a drop of sprem hit my vagina, after that he put on a condom and when he was done thru it in the bin, 5 mins after i inserted the condom in my vagina, i'm hopin to get pregnant.....do u think i could be, remember it was my ovalting day

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A reader, anonymous, writes (19 January 2009):

my boyfriend and i were having sex, and we dont really use a condom, and he makes sure he pulls out and cums outsid me. but one time he did that, and he got it everywhere. he got it near my vagina too. im really scared that he could have cummed and it went into my vagina. but i dont know hwo long it wold take sperme to die. im asking if i should be worried about being pregnant. it was about a week ago, and im getting hungry alot and peeing more then i normally do. im kind of really scared....

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (10 May 2008):

#1 Water's pH level is pretty toxic to sperm.

#2 There's a pretty good chance that it's all done the drain if you used soap.

#3 Dry sperm is dead sperm.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (2 April 2008):

it appears none of the respondents even read your question. once you ejaculate, the sperm begins to liquify, becoming less thick and creamy and more watery. as long as you keep the shower going for a few minutes after ejaculation, you should be fine. you'd most likely have a better chance with the lottery or getting struck by lightning than getting someone pregnant this way.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (10 December 2007):

is it normal that the sperm gets out of the vagina after my boyfriend injested it? is there a chance to get pregnant if this happened?

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (5 December 2007):

Sperm can only last an hour outside the body. (Oh so I have read) Once inside the vagina it can last up to 6 hours, and longer up to 7 days if it gets past the cervex. For everyone worried about not washing their hands enough or being penetrated after wiping sperm off, don't worry. Once it is dry, it is dead. It is very very very unlikely you would get pregnant from this. Trust me I've tried to get pregnant this way and it just isn't working out. Getting pregnant must be time so accuratly that it would be very hard to get pregnant that way. So don't stress. Also, if you are so worried about getting pregnant you all should be taking more precautions to not such as birth control and condoms, or better yet not having sex at all if you aren't ready to handle the responsiblity of being a parent. You can get free birth control and condoms and many local public health care facilities without parent concent. Just be smart, too many kids out there are having kids.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (24 August 2007):

If you are worried about getting pregnant, then STOP messing around. You will get pregnant eventually if you keep messing around then you will be given a new life to care for. Are you ready for that?

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (1 July 2007):

how long does it take to dry cause i think it dried in time before i put my fingers into her vagina

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (5 June 2007):

Sperm have a very limited supply of internal energy so unless they remain in the seminal fluid and warm theyll die in a very short space of time, the shower/bath will have seperated them from this fluid so theyll be very dead by the time anyone else uses it.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (8 May 2007):

my friend told me that if i masturbated in a warm bath the sperm becomes more active and can multiply, i got worried because sometimes my mother or sister goes in the bath once ive finished, should i worry or are my activities safe?

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (17 April 2007):

I had sex on a friday and then saturday i started my period? do i have ot wait itll my next period to find out if im pregnant? ive been feelin sick lately

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (24 February 2007):

I have a simliar situation as well. I gave my boyfriend a blow job and then didn't wash my hands. They were dry. He left like a half hour later. I changed my menstral cup and then realised that I still had sperm on my hands. The scary thing is that I actually shoved it up there. I am like so paraniod that I am pregnant. I have a few weeks before my period, but I am still worried.-- frances

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (22 February 2007):

If your water supply is chlorinated then the hot water and chlorine in the shower water will kill any sperm. So unlikly.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 December 2006):

i have a similiar situation as another one of you, my boyfriend and i were messing around and then he came, i mostly cleaned it up and he dried himself off a little and wiped his hand on the towel until they were completely dry and seemed 100% clean, about 5 minutes later he put his fingers inside me..this was about a week ago and while my period is still a couple weeks away, im worried about the slight chance i could get pregnant..what are the possibilities?

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (28 December 2006):

Yeh thats just weird, but im worried my bf came on my hands i washed them with soap and water but im worried not thoroughly enough then i put my fingers into my vagina to check of no bleedings help!!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 October 2006):

i gotta question..

so i me and my boyfriend were both givin each other pleasure after we were done i went down stairs to the bath room i ran my hands under the water and took a pee and wiped my self am i ok is the sperm on my hand dead?

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (16 July 2006):

My boyfriend & I were messin around and he ejaculated it got on his shirt & hands. Well he didnt wash his hands, he just wiped them off. About 5- 10 minutes after that he touched my vagina. Could the sperm gotten in side me or did it already die?

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A male reader, ourchosenpaths +, writes (18 February 2006):

ourchosenpaths agony auntYour body keeps sperm incubated at around 98 degrees, so if it goes even a few degrees below that they die very quickly. Don't worry, you have to ejaculate into the vagina for the sperm to be active.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (18 February 2006):

hey, what happens if the penis doesnt enter the vagina but the guy ejaculate?

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (5 December 2005):

I've read somewhere that it can last up to 2 days, but I'm not sure if water will make it loose it's effect.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (3 December 2005):

thats messed up man

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A female reader, barbd00 +, writes (14 November 2005):

Rest easy! According to SexualHealth.Com if sperm encounters water, soap, etc. or dries before entering the female body it will die.

http://www.sexualhealth.com/question.php?Action=read&question_id=2791&channel=1&topic=20

Here is a question with an answer from a doctor that will help put your mind at ease.

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A female reader, missdee +, writes (24 September 2005):

The likelihood of becoming pregnant from semen landing on the body, outside the vagina, or near the vagina is very low. Sperm that stays outside the vagina cannot unite with an egg and fertilize it. If semen is ejaculated or rubbed near the vagina, there is a chance of pregnancy if some sperm find their way inside the vaginal canal.

Go to soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo for more information

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A reader, Rebecca Batchelor +, writes (23 September 2005):

Rebecca Batchelor agony auntSperm doesn't last very long at all once it is outside the body so rest assured, it requires a warm environment to survive. As far as getting your sister pregnant in the way that you described, it just won't happen. You are worrying needlessly so worry no more!

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