How long can sperm live inside a woman’s body?

Believe it or not, only 18% of women got this one right in our #cyclesavvy survey, even though understanding the lifespan of sperm can change your approach to timing intercourse and increase the likelihood you’ll get pregnant.

Kate Davies, Fertility Nurse Consultant, explains: “As sperm can live in the vagina for approximately 5 days (and in some circumstances possibly up to 7), any sexual intercourse that occurs in the days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation can result in a pregnancy."

“Therefore, couples should have sex every 2-3 days throughout the cycle to maximise the chances of conception.”


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"I was excited when Dr Fertility invited me to be their expert for the #cyclesavvy campaign. In my role as a Fertility Nurse Consultant, I have seen many women who don't fully understand their fertility and would certainly benefit from further education to help maximise their chances of getting pregnant. Dr Fertility are addressing the educational needs of women who are trying to conceive in a way that is easily accessible for them and easy for them to understand.", Kate Davies, Fertility Nurse Consultant.