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Does Sperm really die once air touches them?

Question Posted Wednesday September 27 2006, 3:12 am

I was wondering if it was true that after spem come in contact with air do they really die? If a guy ejaculates and then wipes off completely and then has intercourse unprotected is there a chance that pregnancy can occur even though air has touched the sperm?

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xXxpinky615xXx answered Wednesday September 27 2006, 3:21 pm:
Yes, sperm does die. However, there are millions and millions of sperm in one "load" so to speak and very very few of them die.

Pregnancy can occur no matter what. No matter how protected you are it can still happen. Using a condom AND birth control still isn't 100% guarenteed that you will not get pregnant. Sure, it's like a 99.9999% chance you won't, but there's that 0.0001% chance you can. And believe me, it can happen. So, to be on the safe side when truely the only way to avoid pregnancy is abstinence. (Which I don't believe in.. Heh.) So, if you aren't going to be abstinent then wrap it up before you tap it up!!!

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sloubidoo answered Wednesday September 27 2006, 10:09 am:
Air doesn't kill sperm. Research has shown that some sperm can even last a few days. The fact is, unprotected sex means there is a chance of pregnancy, regardless of wether its the first time, 3rd time, or the sperm has touched air.

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Razhie answered Wednesday September 27 2006, 8:26 am:
Sperm does not die when it hits air.

That is a ridiculous myth, much like the 'you can't get pregnant on the first time' or 'you can't get pregnant if you have sex in water'. All nonsense. You get semen in you then you can get pregnant.

Sperm are resilient little buggers and can survive a whole WEEK inside of a women. If they don't have the protection of a human body, man or woman's, they usually die between a 1/2 hour and four hours.

If you do wash off completely, there shouldn't be a problem, but you can never be completely sure that the sperm is dead until it has dried out. Buy a spermicidal hand wash and keep it handy, then you wont need to worry.

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