I am on the Implanon/Nexplanon and I wanted to know what happens to the sperm when it’s in you and doesn’t fertilize an egg? Does it just stay inside?

That’s a great question!

It’s important to know that sperm can live inside the vagina for 3-5 days. After that, if the sperm does not fertilize and egg, the sperm cells will die. When this happens, your body will then flush out the dead cells through your body’s natural discharge.

Discharge is a natural part of the body’s self-cleaning process. Vaginas and penis‘ are self-cleaning organs. Much like earwax and tears are parts of the normal functioning of the ear and eye, people secrete moisture from the membranes that line the vagina or the tip of the penis. These normal secretions help control the growth of organisms—like yeast and certain bacterias—that are normal, healthy parts of the vagina. In addition, discharge will help flush out any foreign cells that the body is not using (in this case, unused sperm).

With more questions about sperm or discharge, give us a call at Teen Clinic! 303-442-5160.