Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Which Came First?

I am probably dating myself here, but I will share anyway! :)

Does anyone remember the catchy little tune from Sesame Street about the chicken and the egg? It sounded something like, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Well, I woke up with that little jingle running through my head, and can’t seem to shake it. 

This tune has now morphed into, “Which lasts longer, the sperm or the egg?” I apologize, if you now have this song running through your head as well!!! And if you do, I hope that it is quickly replaced with a more relaxing melody!! LOL!
But now that we are thinking about eggs and sperm, have you ever wondered about the actual timing of conception?  Doctors believe that the egg can live up to 24 hours after ovulation, under the most optimal conditions. The sperm however tend to hang out and wait for a while before expiring. In fact, if the woman has fantastic cervical mucus made up of a very watery or egg white consistency, the sperm can actually live up to 3-5 days after it is released.
Given this, many doctors recommend having sex 4-5 days prior to ovulation. This way the sperm is hanging out and waiting for the egg to drop. And since doctors believe that the egg can potentially live for a bit after ovulation, the recommendation is to continue to have sex even a day after you ovulate. 
Keep in mind though; these are the recommendations for strong, healthy sperm and optimal cervical mucus. Talk with your doctor if you or your partner suspects issues with sperm strength, ovulation or the quality of your cervical mucus.
So back to my tune…… “Which lasts longer, the sperm or the egg?”
SPERM!! :)


this is why fertility monitors that can predict ovulation far in advance (like the ovacue) are particularly helpful!

Kelly — Mar 24, 2010
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Very interesting piece!

KevinM — Mar 24, 2010
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