infertility sucks.

Welcome to Nicole Norstrud’s documentary portfolio.
My Infertility Story

I struggled with infertility for five grueling years. As a way to connect with other people, I started taking photos and sharing my experiences online, where it quickly became clear that I was not alone. Infertility impacts millions of people every day, but it is not discussed in public. Hiding the grief and trauma of infertility is the social norm, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to be silent nor do we have to suffer alone.

Recent Works

My mission is to share infertility stories and increase awareness about the disease. I am looking for individuals who wish to tell their infertility stories -men, women, surrogacy, adoption – if you want to have your infertility journey documented, free of charge, please get in touch. Because every story matters.



→ Male and Female Infertility

  • In the USA, approx. 1 in 5 (19%) of women are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying (CDC)
  • Male infertility effects 20% of cases and is a contributing factor in 30% to 40% of all infertility cases. (Nat’l Library of Medicine)

→ Surrogacy and Adoption

  • In 2015, 2,807 children were born in the USA by a surrogate, an increase from 2004 when only 738 births were via a surrogate. (NBC News)
  • Approx. 140,000 children are adopted by American families each year (Adoption Network)

→ Life and Death

  • In 2019, 83,946 infants born using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (CDC)
  • Among women who know they are pregnant, up to 25% of those pregnancies will end in a miscarriage (Nat’l Library of Medicine)

20 years
of experience

Nicole Norstrud is an infertility survivor and documentary photographer. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her family and enjoys long hikes, talking about infertility, and trying to speak Spanish.