Menstruation & Menopause: Research & Consultancy

Hello and welcome to my website, a work in progress since 2000. I did a big clear-out recently, so if you’ve come here for an old article or blog post, email me and I’ll happily send it to you.

My focus these days is on my abiding interest in how and why women experience menstruation as they do, 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. I’m looking at how menstruation is organised, particularly at work.

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 organisational consulting and I give occasional presentations. I also make a couple of hours available each month for individual sessions.

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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