Alright, I'm going to go against the wave and say, my births were MUCH more painful than af.
However, I was and still am, a big wimp about pain. My periods used to leave me on the floor crying to my mom to "save me, help me, kill me". Seriously.
But I made the decision to give birth naturally and within the millions of great reasons why was the fact that epidurals HURT to be put in. Sometimes they have to try over and over. No WAY was I going to let someone do that to me
The fact that they hurt is what led me to read "Misconceptions" which led me to give birth naturally.
So just because you can't deal with period pain is no reason to not give birth naturally. Also, my periods hurt a lot less since having my kids. Used to take Midol, I had to have something throughout the first half of my period or I'd "die"
Now I get a little uncomfy and sometimes wish I would take some meds but I don't and they don't hinder me.
ETA: When I had my m/c it was so painful. I took meds trying to ease the pain and when they wore off I almost had a conniption in the waiting room of the hospital (they were ignoring me). I then took meds throughout the entire thing (week or so?) So I agree, when you know you're getting a baby at the end, it is different.