If your daughter is struggling to manage the pain and discomfort, there are several things you can do to help beyond providing a hot water bottle and some pain tablets. Here are some supplements you can purchase from the pharmacy that can help to manage painful period
In order to manage period pain, studies suggest that magnesium can reduce period pain as well as being generally useful for metabolic issues and cramping. This means it can also be effective for period related headaches.
The magnesium content of many foods seems to reducing, so supplements can be a great way to increase magnesium levels. The dose often peaks just before the period commences. In order to work out an appropriate dose to try with your daughter you should consult with a pharmacist who can make suggestions based on her weight and age.
Vitamin E supplements
Vitamin E has been found not only to reduce period pain, but also to reduce the amount of blood loss which can make periods less debilitating. This effect seems to be particularly significant for teenage girls. In addition to these effects, Vitamin E can also improve the condition of hair and skin. Again, determining the best dose for your daughter to try is best done in consultation with a pharmacist.
Vitamin B6 supplements
Vitamin B6 has been associated with reduced PMS symptoms as well as nausea. It can also be used to help regulate period cycles as well as managing pain. There are risks associated high doses of B6, so care should be taken in only taking as much as is require.
Fish oil/Omega-3 oils supplements
There is growing research that fish oil supplements can also help with period pain. Fish oil helps with inflammation including bloating, painful breasts and headaches, as well as directly reducing pain. It also has other benefits including mood regulation and decreasing the chances of depression.
While you can get this from a diet high in oily fish, eating that much fresh fish can make achieving high levels of dietary fish oils a challenger. Unfortunately the canning process reduces the amount of Omega-3 in canned tuna and salmon significantly, to a level around white fish.
Nutritional supplements can helps reduce your daughters' period pain significantly, helping her to participate in daily life. A local Chemmart pharmacy can help you know which kind of supplement or appropriate dosage will help your daughter.