How long can sperm live after DTD?
Due to my husband being out of town, we were only able DTD once -
and it was four days before I ovulated. Is there any chance the sperm
could live that long?
"They" say, sperm can live up to five days in the right environment.
("They" are Sperm Life Expectancy Experts and they wear white lab
coats. There's a job title that would impress the in-laws.) The right
environment means fertile quality CM. While such a long life
expectancy is possible, "they" also say that three days is a more
realistic expectation for most couples. If you have almost no CM, or
dry sticky CM, then the life expectancy can be greatly shortened to
just a couple of hours. If this is the case, a product like Pre-Seed
So they key factor is your CM. If you have great EWCM, the sperm will
kick up their feet (or tails) and just chill out. Maybe they'll chat with
other sperm (which is socially awkward because they are all
attracted to the same egg). Maybe they'll just practice their pick up
lines in a mirror as they wait for the egg's arrival. Maybe they play golf
in tiny one-legged plaid pants. I don't know what the sperm do with
their free time. All that matters is that they can survive in fertile CM for
So to answer your question - if you had good quality CM when you
DTD, then it is entirely possible the sperm survived until ovulation.
Only time, and/or a lot of peesticks, will tell if you caught the egg.
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