Menstruation & Menopause: Research & Consultancy

Hello and welcome to my website. My current work is focused on my abiding interest in the lived experience of the menstrual cycle, what can be done to address the various difficulties and inequalities that arise from menstrual stigma, and how all this relates to the big picture of socioeconomic systems and dynamics.

I’m based in Melbourne where I’m doing a PhD in the Department of Management at Monash University Business School. My research looks at ways to address unnecessary physical and mental suffering experienced by menstruators at work, by investigating two contemporary innovations: the menstrual workplace policy and the menstrual cup.

At the moment the demands of a full-time PhD mean I don’t have time for much else, but I do fit in some presentations and organisational consulting here and there.

I don’t blog as often as I used to, although that will change at some point. In the meantime, you can follow me on social media and sign up for my occasional newsletter. If you need to get in touch directly, please use the Contact tab above. Thanks for visiting!

Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

Her Blood is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of MenstruationFirst published in 1993 by HarperCollins, Her Blood Is Gold continues to sell in greater numbers each year. This pioneering book shows how menstrual cycle awareness supports overall wellbeing.

“This book should be included in the curriculum of every school on this planet.” Christiane Northrup M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.

“Like the wise-women whose memory she celebrates, Lara Owen is both scientist and poet. In this wonderful book, she shows how “the curse”, when respected, becomes every woman’s crock of gold.” Chris Knight Ph.D., author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture, Professor of Anthropology, University of East London.

“I want to tell you how much your book on menstruation has meant to me…..If I’d had it when I was thirty it would have saved me a lot of pain and confusion.”
 Scilla Elworthy, author of Power and Sex, founder of the Oxford Research Group.

Now in its third edition, Her Blood Is Gold is published in the UK, US, Australia, and Canada by Archive Publishing.

You can buy the book online at,, available on mobile/iPad and Kindle

Lara Owen is a leader in the field of menstrual and menopausal wellbeing. Based in Melbourne, she teaches and consults internationally.

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