Get her to try this:-
- If she wants to use an over the counter pain reliever, then use ibuprofen. These are generally most effective at relieving menstrual pain, since they're made to relieve muscular pain. There are different products on the market which are specifically made for relieving menstrual pain, although I personally find that normal ibuprofen works just as well. Avoid aspirin, as it interferes with blood clotting.
- Keep the area warm by soaking in a hot bath, or try using a heating pad, rice sock or hot water bottle (wrapped up in a towel or cover first, she must never let it come into direct contact with her skin, as it could cause burns).
- Have some peppermint sweets or peppermint tea - peppermint can help relieve the pain.
- Keep her fluid intake up by drinking plenty of fluids. Being dehydrated can make the cramps worse. However, avoid too much caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks, as this can make it worse.
- Have calcium, which helps lessen the severity of cramps. Good sources include milk, dairy food made from milk like cheese or yogurt, tomatoes, watercress and soya.
- Consuming ginger in any form (root, tea or sweets) has also been shown to relieve cramps and reduce nausea.
- Have some food and drink which contain potassium to help relieve the pain such as gatorade, dark leafy greens, baked potato with skin, salmon, bananas, white mushrooms, avocado, white beans and dried apricots.
- Eat more fiber to help flush excess estrogen from the body. Foods containing fiber include fresh fruits and vegetables, raisins, porridge oats, brown bread, popcorn, brown rice, brown pasta and fiber rich breakfast cereals like all bran.
- Some dietary supplements have been indicated to help relieve menstrual discomfort such as zinc, omega 3, vitamin e and thiamine.
- Use of hormonal contraception i.e. the pill can help.
- As much as she may not feel like it, mild exercises can increase blood flow and help provide relief, so she could try going for a jog, practicing yoga, or go for a bike ride.
- Distract herself from the pain by doing something that would normally absorb her, such as socializing on facebook or twitter (if she uses them), reading a book, watching a good film or her favorite tv program (preferably a comedy as laughter is a natural pain reliever), playing a computer game or chatting online with friends.
- Acupuncture can also help.
- Wear loose fitting clothing that doesn't put pressure on her abdomen, like floaty dresses. Avoid those that do like leotards, swimsuits and skinny jeans.
Hope this helps.