How long does it take for sperm to reach an egg?

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I have read it takes sperm anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours to reach an egg. And it depends on where the egg is at in the fallopian tubes. I've also read that when ovulation occurs, the egg only lives for 24 hours then it starts to deteriorate. Now if you get an LH surge for 3 days (because the hormone can be detected before ovulation) and have sex only on the 3rd day (last day of ovulation), will that mean by the time the sperm reach the egg it'll already be deteriorating or dead? I'm just a little confused here obviously because I also read best days to have sex during ovulaton are a couple days before and/or on the last day. But if the egg is already deteriorating or dead on the last day, then how can that be one of the best days to have sex to conceive? I'm just confused, can anyone help me clear this up? lol
How long does it take for sperm to reach an egg?
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