How Long Do Sperm Stay Alive After Ejaculation?
Alright, ladies, let’s get personal. We’re gonna talk about sperm. Sperm is a vital part of the journey when you make the decision that you are going to try to conceive. Luckily sperm can survive for several days after ejaculation increasing your odds of successfully conceiving. You’ve gotten to know your own body better reproductively speaking. It never hurts to get to know the workings of your partner’s body as well.
How Long Do Sperm Survive?
So, back to sperm. How long can they survive after they have been (ahem) shot out into the world? Your body is close to the temperature sperm are used to so that helps them survive. Depending where you are in your cycle, the environment can be more or less friendly to them. The closer to ovulation, the more friendly your system will be. The good news is that research has shown that sperm can be viable 3 to 5 days after ejaculation in an optimal reproductive environment.
Sperm can survive longer once it has battled its way through your vagina. The vaginal environment can be pretty acidic. This is not the best, most supportive environment for your partner’s sperm. The environment on the other side of the cervix is much friendlier. Your best bet is to make sure that the sperm get to your cervix in the quickest time frame. After having sex, it’s a good idea for you to lie on your back and and put a pillow under your hips. This helps gravity move the sperm to your cervix. If you hop right up after having sex, you are making the sperm climb up into it your cervix. Once they cross through your cervix, into your uterus and fallopian tubes, they can hang around for several days. Having sex around ovulation ensures they are waiting to fertilize the newly released egg.
Your egg will only survive 12 to 24 hours after you ovulate. That way, they can wait safely in the uterus and fallopian tubes until the egg comes traveling by. This increases your chances to conceive. It also helps relieve the stress of "we have to have SEX now!" Talk about performance anxiety!
Optimizing Your Cervical Mucus To Help Sperm Survive Longer
The hardest part of the sperm's journey is right after ejaculation. At most times during your cycle, your cervical mucus is not friendly to the sperm at all. The cervical mucus, around ovulation, on the other hand, is very supportive of the sperm. It is slippery and thin like raw egg whites. It provides nutrients that help nourish the sperm and also let the sperm move more easily to your cervix. You can encourage the slippery aspect by making sure you are drinking plenty of water. Taking decongestants around ovulation is not recommended. The decongestant drys up your nose and all other mucous related areas of your body too.
If you notice that you don’t have this consistency of mucus during ovulation, you may have a hormone imbalance. There are several supplements that can help encourage the fertile cervical mucus. A hormone imbalance could be causing you to have hostile cervical mucus. Hostile cervical mucus will make it much much harder for the sperm to get to where it wants to go. And in turn, lowering your chances of getting pregnant.
The fertile cervical mucus also makes it more comfortable when you are having sex. If you don't have the right type of cervical mucus, you might end up reaching for a lubricant to help things along. If you do, be sure to use a fertility friendly lube like Pre-Seed. The sperm friendly lubricants help nourish and move the sperm to the cervix like fertile cervical mucus does.