According to a new study, women are choosing to freeze their eggs because there just aren’t enough educated men out there, reports Kimberly Lawson.

Marcia Inhorn, professor of anthropology and international affairs at Yale, and her co-authors interviewed 150 women from eight IVF clinics in the US and Israel who had completed one cycle of egg freezing between June 2014 to August 2016 and found that, contrary to popular belief, women weren’t choosing to preserve their fertility for later in order to focus on their careers now.

“It was clear early on… that the main reason this group of highly educated women were freezing their eggs, usually in their late 30s and early 40s, is that they had been unable to find a partner committed to, basically, marriage and family building with them,” Inhorn told Broadly.

Inhorn added that this is a “reflection of a growing, but little-discussed gender trend, with women increasingly outnumbering male college graduates in both countries.” In other words, “it’s a demographical issue.” But women continue to blame themselves, thinking something is wrong with them, but these findings, Lawson notes, suggest that got much more to do with a dearth of educated partners.

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