Since I was young I've always suffered with every period. Terrible pains, fainting (caused by vagal tone), but I thought I was just lazy. At age 27 I was diagnosed with endometriosis, and had surgery to remove the endo and start treatment. I learned at that time that I would not be able to get pregnant, as my tubes had been affected by the endo, one not working and the other at only 20%.
For about 15 years I felt fine, but then the pain came back, not only during my periods. After routine exams it was found out that I had adhesions inside the uterus, called adenomyosis. At age 47 I had a hysterectomy.