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#1 of 6 Old 02-13-2012, 05:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Meaning - if my husband and I DTD on a Monday, when would I need to ovulate for fertilization to be possible? Wednesday? Friday? Just generally speaking, how long do sperm live in that environment? I really don't know and I couldn't find the info when I scanned TCOYF.


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I think generally 3-4 days. Everyone is different though.  My dh and I have to DTD on O day (or late the day before if O is early in the morning).  His sperm only make it for 24 hours or less.


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Generally speaking, sperm can live up to 5 days in fertile cervical fluid.  I have read posts on here from women that have pretty accurate records of DTD a week prior to O and conceiving.  But I would say normally 5 days and safely more like 3 days.


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Supposedly, some sperm have been known to live 7 days.  That seems pretty unlikely, though, as a norm, yk?  I'd say a couple days is more realistic for your average sperm.  Ovulating on Wed. might be good - but if so, it would be better to DTD Tues, Wed., and Thurs. 


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Hah. I'm sure my husband would like to think that his sperm is sturdy enough to last a full week. wink1.gif


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The way I've come to understand it: Up to seven days is possible, but very unlikely. It's usually up to three days.

 

So people trying to conceive should DTD within 3 days, and people trying very hard to avoid should avoid DTD within seven days (or at least five days).

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