Sperm viability in utero

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It is well understood that a myriad of complex steps occur between the time of ejaculation and the union of the haploid number of chromosomes from each partner that results in the final process of fertilization. Consequently, it is easy to imagine the numerous potential problems that can occur at each step, and thus may prevent a successful pregnancy. Often overlooked are the complexities of sperm transport and the steps that must occur in the sperm, a process known as capacitation, before fertilization can occur. These processes of sperm delivery and potentiation are addressed in detail in this chapter.

In utero protein restriction causes growth delay and alters sperm parameters in adult male rats

Sperm: How long do they live after ejaculation? - Mayo Clinic

Metrics details. Recent studies have supported the concept of "fetal programming" which suggests that during the intrauterine development the fetus may be programmed to develop diseases in adulthood. The possible effects of in utero protein restriction on sexual development of rat male offspring were evaluated in the present study. After gestation the two experimental groups received standard chow. To evaluate the possible late reproductive effects of in utero protein restriction, the male offspring of both groups were assessed at different phases of sexual development: prepubertal 30 days old ; peripubertal 60 days old ; adult 90 days old. Student's t-test and Mann-Whitney test were utilized. We found that in utero protein restriction reduced the body weight of male pups on the first postnatal day and during the different sexual development phases prepubertal, peripubertal and adult.

Ejaculated sperm remain viable for several days within the female reproductive tract. Fertilization is possible as long as the sperm remain alive — up to five days. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.
Suarez, A. At coitus, human sperm are deposited into the anterior vagina, where, to avoid vaginal acid and immune responses, they quickly contact cervical mucus and enter the cervix. Cervical mucus filters out sperm with poor morphology and motility and as such only a minority of ejaculated sperm actually enter the cervix.