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Does sperm die when it hits oxygen?

Question Posted Wednesday November 18 2009, 4:22 am

We were fooling around and he got some on his hand then he fingered me. He told me not to worry because of well lemme just ask: Does sperm die when it hits oxygen? For real? Like you know this for a fact and would bet your life on it?

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Kendra_Berri answered Saturday November 21 2009, 4:06 am:
Sperm dies once the semen is dry, not once it hits the air. If he inserted wet semen into your vagina, then that poses a risk to you. Granted, not as large a risk as intercourse, as a sloppy finger wouldn't contain as much sperm as a full emission of semen, but still.

Don't allow him or anyone else to do that again. Keep an eye out for your period. Also, if he's had other partners before you, get checked for STDs in a couple month's time. Inserting his semen in your vagina in this way will transmit an STD if he has one.

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the_unexpected answered Thursday November 19 2009, 1:36 am:
I would definitely not bet my life on it, I don't even know where you got that idea from. Sperm can live for a few minutes in any environment, the best thing to do is to make sure to wash your hands after you touch some sperm before touching a vagina.

You could be pregnant, you should probably take a test.

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hitler_the_goat answered Wednesday November 18 2009, 6:34 am:
how the hell does that make sense? it doesn't. every cell in your body runs on oxygen. exposure to UV light and temperature extremes will, but air in general has no effect. Slap the fuck out of that kid, he's too stupid to breed.
enjoy your pregnancy test!

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Razhie answered Wednesday November 18 2009, 4:51 am:

That is not a fact, that is a myth. Sperm can survive outside of the human body. Doctors have reported sperm outside of the body living for as long as several hours, depending on the environment.

It is certainly sensible to believe that sperm can survive for several minutes at least on someone's hands. Sperm can survive for days, inside a woman's body.

Sperm is not terribly hardy however: Washing your hands (or his, as the need arises) is very effective. Even drying them thoroughly on a towel is a reasonably effective approach.

However, sperm doesn't die when it hits air. Don't bet your life on that. Don't bet a dollar on it. It's just not true.

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KayChapman answered Wednesday November 18 2009, 4:30 am:
Yes, Sperm dies as soon as it hits air. I will definantly bet my life on it. Hope i helped!


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