A tea and egg made with powdered fertilized chicken eggs could help you get pregnant in as little as four weeks, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The researchers used the powdered fertilised chicken egg as the basis for the tea and the egg as a template for the egg, which was then incubated in an egg carrier and kept at -80°C in a dish for eight weeks.
It was found that the tea produced a “fertile” egg, so there was a possibility that it could be used as a contraceptive pill.
“In my clinical practice, I have seen an increase in the use of fertility-supplemented and contraceptive drugs,” said lead author Dr Paul A. Fong, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Harvard Medical School.
“If it is safe to use fertilized eggs, then I would like to see it used for contraception.”
“We believe that it’s feasible to produce fertilized egg-based tea in less than four weeks,” he said.
“The key is that you can use fertilised eggs to make the tea, and you can do that in a container that is sterilised to prevent contamination.”‘
Fertilised egg tea’ and ‘fertilette’ Dr Fong said fertilised egg-infused tea could be an attractive alternative to traditional methods of contraception.
He said the tea was made with a mix of egg white, egg yolk and egg yolks and it was then boiled until it became a powder.
While the powder could be absorbed through the stomach, Dr Fongs said it could also be absorbed by the vagina, which could then be used to make an egg tea.
“In theory, the fertilized hen egg could be injected into the vagina in a pill, and the tea would provide contraceptive efficacy,” he explained.
“However, the risks associated with the use in the vagina are quite high.”
He noted that although fertilized chickens were known to be fertile, it was “not clear whether this would be a safe procedure”.
The study was published in the journal New England Medica and is a follow-up to a previous study by the same team.
In a previous experiment, fertilized and un-fertified hen eggs were used as an egg and tea preparation and fertilized embryos were incubated for six weeks.
“The fertilised hen eggs, like the eggs that were in the egg carrier, were incubating and they were not fertilised,” Dr Fung said.
“So the idea is that fertilised chickens could be a good alternative to the egg.”