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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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