What happens to sperm?

 

What happens to sperm?

QUESTION:

your avatar   "Wondering," 18-year-old woman

I was wondering, what happens to the sperm after you have had sex without a condom? Does it just fall out? If it does, how long does this take and how much sperm comes back out?

ANSWER:

    Robert W. Birch, Ph.D., ACS Certified Sexologist

The sperm, of course, are the tadpole like swimmers that carry the male's contribution to a pregnancy. Some of those swimmers will not come out, as they are "programmed" to swim upstream with nature's goal of joining with the woman's egg. The ejaculated fluid in which the sperm swim is the semen. Some of this semen might be absorbed into the walls of the vagina, but most will eventually run out over the course of 24 hours. The majority of sperm will come out in that fluid, but there will still be those that have already started their journey up the woman's fallopian tubes on their way toward her ovaries.

Rather than worrying about how much male ejaculate stays in and how much runs out, concentrate on staying safe from sexually transmitted disease and from an unwanted pregnancy. Use condoms!

Bob Birch

Robert W. Birch, Ph.D., is a retired sex therapist, now identifying himself as a sexologist and adult sexuality educator. He now devotes his time to writing educational and self-help books for adults.For more information visit: http://www.oralcaress.com/

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