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I was just wondering, how fragile is sperm?

If say, I had about half a teaspoonful of ejaculate in my hand, and I slammed my hand into a dry towel, held it there for a few seconds then brought my hand back up, would the sperm survive that?

Don't worry, i'm not looking into this as a contraceptive method or anything, i'm just curious.
People keep saying it survives till it dries, which i'm sure is the fact, but does that mean they're virtually indestructible in all sorts of bodily liquids??

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Sperm are very, very fragile. They need the ejaculatory fluid to get around, so no, they cannot move freely in any other liquid.

Once the ejaculatory fluid dries or is soaked up (as by a towel), the sperm is no longer viable.

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