Our expert says:
Sperm survival is dependent on a host of factors. On a cold surface and under dry conditions sperm may survive for a very short period of time and the motility of the sperm themselves can alter fairly rapidly. However under optimal conditions i.e. adequate humidity and temperature and in a culture medium environment sperm can survive for sometimes longer than 48 hours. Therefore in a typical intrauterine insemination situation it is extremely important to maintain adequate sperm quality throughout. If one is planning to do self-insemination then you should be extremely aware of the conditions under which the sperm are to be preserved and also timing of the process itself. This is best explained by your practitioner or fertility specialist, as the outcome of the procedure is greatly dependent on your understanding.
Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim
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