Some women only experience mild cramps with only slight discomfort while other women find their cramps to be incapacitating, stomach tearing pain which temporarily disrupt their daily lives. When cramps are this severe, it is very common for women or young girls to miss school or work.
There are usually two type of Dysmenorrhea- primary dysmenorrhea or secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea begins six months to a year following the very beginning of the menstraution cycle and there isn't really and underlying gynecological problem factoring to the pain. Cramps and the severity of the pain tend to lessen as you age or eventually disapper in primary dysmenorrhea.
Secondary dysmenorrhea involves and underlying stomach problem or conditions usually as Endometriosis or uterine fibroids that can cause cramps to be slighty or horribly intensified. This condition will develops years after beginning your cycle.
So the next time your little friend pops up think to yourself, "Should I pop some aspirin and wait 30 minutes or can I eat or drink something natural and have almost immediate effects?"