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Semen is the fluid that carries sperm. Sperm can stay alive in the woman's reproductive track up to 5 days. If the woman ovulates during that time she can become pregnant.

Here is more detailed information:

"Given the most ideal conditions (ideal vaginal/uterine environments, fertile CM, strong sperm health, etc) sperm may be able to survive between six and seven days. That's about a quarter of a typical menstrual cycle - and that means an extended window of fertility before ovulation. In most cases, however, we can assume that there will be realistic factors that may decrease sperm longevity or inhibit sperm movement. First of all, the sperm need to get out of the vagina and into the uterus (through the cervix). If the sperm can't make that initial leg of the journey in a few hours, most will end up dead shortly thereafter. Now, if fertile-quality cervical mucus is present and abundant, and if the sperm make make it to cervix and the womb, then sperm life-span can be extended. FertileCM provides an effective means of improving the quantity and quality cervical mucus for precisely this purpose. On average, we can expect sperm to survive just a day or two, and given more optimum conditions or luckier happenstance, a handful of days more."

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