The answer depends on a number of factors, the most important of which is where the sperm are. On a dry surface, such as clothing or bedding, sperm are dead by the time semen has dried. In water, such as a warm bath or hot tub, sperm will likely live longer because they survive well in warm, wet environments; however, the chances sperm in a tub of water will find their way inside a female bather and cause her to become pregnant are extremely low.
In a woman's body, sperm can live for up to five days depending on the conditions, so if you have unprotected sex even a few days before your partner ovulates, there is a chance of achieving a pregnancy.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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