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How do I know if sperm is dead?

By Anonymous October 19, 2015 - 11:26am
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Say my hand currently had a bit of sperm on it, and it got wiped off with dry bed sheets, if my hand was completely dry, does that mean there are no living sperm on it? Or can there be surviving sperm that I just can't see? Can sperm be Invisible? Thanks:)

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If you haven't washed your hands thoroughly, then dry sperm is there, it's just not active or live anymore.

October 28, 2015 - 3:01pm

Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Once sperm is dry it is dead. If it is not dry, than it can live longer, however, the length of time depends on it's location and environment.

If outside the body, and moist it can live anywhere from 20 mins to an hour. If inside the body, say for instance a woman's cervix, sperm can last 3, 5 or even 7 days.

Once sperm dries, you can still see traces of it, so no, it's not invisible. Even though you may not be able to see it with the naked eye, doesn't mean it's not there.

I hope this helps.

Be well,

October 19, 2015 - 1:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to S Gillette Palmer)

So if my hands are dry, and I can't see anything in them, does that mean there's no way any sperm can be there? Thanks :)

October 19, 2015 - 1:49pm
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