Search

Ovulation facts 6: How long do the sperm & egg live?

(196 ratings)
sperm meeting egg

An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after you ovulate, and sperm can live for five to seven days. Ideally, you need a lot of sperm on stand-by to pounce on that egg when it's released, so have sex in the days leading up to when you ovulate and a day after. You only release the one egg, but a single ejaculation from your partner will supply millions of sperm, so keep the supply up by having lots of sex.

Sex positions for conception

Your rating

Average rating

  • 4
(196 ratings)

Your comments

comments powered by Disqus

FREE Newsletter

By providing your email address above you agree to the Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy