Women experience a variety of symptoms during menstruation, including cramps, flatulence, constipation, headaches, and mood swings. Seeing women close to you go through this can make you feel useless. However, there are actually a few things you can do to make her feel better. First, treat some of the physical symptoms by offering over-the-counter medications and fiber-rich foods. Next, accompany him emotionally by providing gentle treatment, support, and help him at home.
Method 1 of 2: Relieves Physical Symptoms
Step 1. Give her ibuprofen or aspirin
Women can experience severe cramps during menstruation, and ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce this disorder. If he hasn't taken his medication, go to the pharmacy and buy a pain reliever that he uses frequently. Ask him if he wants to take some medicine, and if he refuses, just put the medicine package on the table so he can find it later.
She can take 400 mg ibuprofen or 600 mg aspirin every 4-6 hours as needed
Step 2. Offer a heating pad
If he prefers to use natural treatments over medication, have a heating pad ready to place on his tummy to relieve cramps. You can buy disposable heating pads at the pharmacy or make your own by putting rice in an old sock and tying it.
- Heat a sock filled with rice for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
- Homemade heating pads should not be used for more than 30 minutes at a time. Meanwhile, disposable heating pads can often be used for up to 8 hours.
Step 3. Prepare fiber-rich foods
Women often experience constipation during menstruation. So, try making a meal or offering him a fiber-rich snack. Offer fruits like raspberries, pears, or vegetables like broccoli, lentils, brown rice, and whole grain cereals. However, don't force him to eat if he doesn't want to. If he prefers to eat carbohydrate-rich foods, you can make him a whole wheat waffle sprinkled with sliced fruit.
Step 4. Keep foods high in salt and alcohol away from it
Some types of food can cause dehydration, flatulence, and make other menstrual symptoms worse. If you're in charge of cooking and shopping, try to avoid buying high-salt foods like French fries or potato chips, as well as alcohol. However, if he specifically asks for this food, don't treat him like a child and forbid it. Simply offer these foods along with other healthier options.
Step 5. Motivate him to drink more water
Dehydration can make stomach cramps worse. So, make sure there is always drinking water within reach. Refill the water bottle if it seems to be running low, or have a glass of water on the table before sitting down and watching TV together.
Step 6. Try massaging it
Offering a massage on the back or legs will help relieve body aches as well as show that you still want to be around him. Ask him if he'd like a massage, but don't be offended if he refuses. He may just not want to be touched for a while.
Step 7. Take a walk together
Although he may be reluctant to exercise, physical activity can actually relieve many PMS symptoms. Instead of simply suggesting he goes to the gym, ask him if he'd like to go out with you. There's no need to explain why because he might be offended by it.
Method 2 of 2: Providing Emotional Support
Step 1. Be mature about the symptoms
Don't make fun of his behavior and symptoms, and don't make it appear that your period makes you uncomfortable. He may want to talk about what he is going through, or he may not. Wait for him to initiate, and after that, be mature throughout the conversation. Only ask questions related to his health.
- Listen to everything she's complaining about about her period, then tell her that you're sad that she has to go through it.
- Never use words like "crazy" or "weird" to describe her behavior during menstruation. He may be more emotional due to hormonal changes. However, his intelligence and ability to think rationally was not less than usual.
Step 2. Ask him if he wants to be alone
During some time during her period, she may want to cuddle with you, or she may just want to be home alone. Don't assume that you know what he wants. Ask him directly without judgment if he needs a day or two alone. If the answer is no, try to be with him as much as possible so he doesn't feel isolated.
If he wants to be alone, respect his decision. But also show that you're still thinking about him by texting or emailing while you're apart
Step 3. Cut down on social activities
Most likely, she doesn't want to socialize as much as she usually does during her period. So don't pressure him to go out during this time. Instead, order his favorite food and invite him to watch a movie at home. If he feels weaker than usual, suggest going to bed earlier.
If you're close enough to her to know her menstrual cycle, avoid making plans to do major activities around her period. Camping or going to the beach should be avoided, as well as formal events that require him to dress neatly
Step 4. Complete more housework
If her menstrual cramps are severe enough, she may not be able to complete much of the housework. Help her by washing dishes, doing laundry, buying daily necessities, and keeping the house tidy. Even if he's in great pain, seeing you do this will make him feel loved and appreciated.
Step 5. Compliment him
Women often experience flatulence and feel unattractive during menstruation. Therefore, a little compliment from you will go a long way and make him more confident. However, don't over-praise, because he may think you're lying. Just look for opportunities to slip in your compliments.
- For example, if a touching commercial on TV makes her cry, say that you like her kind and caring nature.
- If he doesn't want to leave the house, tell him that you enjoy relaxing at home with him.
Step 6. Be patient
Menstruation can be a tiring time for both you and her. Don't run out of your temper if he seems unreasonable, and don't walk away from him just because you want to avoid this. Take deep breaths when the behavior is incomprehensible to you, and remember that these times will pass. Most women only have a period for 3-5 days, although it may be up to a week for some women.