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DR LARA OWEN

Author | Teacher | Researcher | Consultant | Mentor

Dr Lara Owen is an expert on the culture, politics and organization of menstruation and menopause. She consults with global and local organizations; teaches in academic and general contexts; mentors individuals working in the field; and is regularly interviewed in international media.

Lara’s first book, Her Blood Is Gold, investigated the influence of culture on menstrual experience, and explored ways to honour the menstrual cycle.

Her forthcoming book, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2023, analyses the impact of new methods of organizing menstruation on individuals and society.

Online course

Contemporary Menstrual Studies

This masters-level course is designed to develop your understanding of menstruation today in the contexts of business, feminism, health, law, politics, popular culture, spirituality, sustainability, technology, sport, and wellbeing.

•  Join a dedicated group of fellow students and practitioners from around the world
•  Receive a wealth of information to ground and inform your future work
•  Learn from Dr Lara Owen, a pioneer and long-time expert in the field

Registration for the 2023 course is now open.

Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

Lara’s ground-breaking book on destigmatising and acknowledging menstruation was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has since been updated twice. It is now in its fourth edition (2022, Archive Publishing), sells in higher numbers each year, and has recently been published in translation in Brazil (2019) and France (2021). The English language edition was reissued with a new cover in 2022. 

Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

This ground-breaking book on destigmatising and acknowledging menstruation was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has since been updated twice. It is now in its fourth edition (2022, Archive Publishing), sells in higher numbers each year, and has recently been published in translation in Brazil (2019) and France (2021). The English language edition was reissued with a new cover in 2022.

LATEST

NEWS from Lara

November 2022: The new website for the Menstruation Research Network is now up, and includes the Call for Papers for our next Annual Conference (May 26 2023 at St Andrews).

October 2022: Registration is now open for the 2023 course in Contemporary Menstrual Studies. The inaugural 2022 course has gone really well and I’m looking forward to next year.

September 2022: Two new podcasts on my past work and current thoughts and activities, on the Fertility Friday and Menstruality podcasts.

August 2022: I was interviewed by Bloomberg News on the cost of living crisis and the accompanying rise in the prices of menstrual products. A good time to change to reusables if you can afford the intial outlay. It’s also really important that period poverty initiatives offer free reusables as well as disposables.

July 2022: New academic paper by myself and Prof. Bettina Bildhauer on menstrual stigma and environmentalism published in Women’s Reproductive Health. Click on the link for open access.

June 2022: I was on Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) on June 14, interviewed by Emma Barnett on the new menopause policy in the UK Houses of Parliament. See my Twitter feed (@laraowen) for the video clip and go here for the full audio.

May 2022: I was interviewed for this piece in Spain’s El Periódico de España on the proposed Spanish legislation for menstrual leave.

March 2022: I’m really pleased to have started teaching my new program in Contemporary Menstrual Studies with students from 9 countries: Australia, Germany, India, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, the UK and USA.

February 2022. I’ve had two new academic papers published this month, on the impact of menstrual stigma on menstrual researchers, and on the uptake of menstrual cups. More details on the recent articles page.

February 2022: I’ve started to send out an occasional newsletter again. Do sign up using the link below if you would like to stay connected.

January 2022: Happy New Year! I hope you have positive plans for the coming year. My own focus this year is mainly on two projects: the rewrite of my PhD thesis into a book for Oxford University Press, and teaching my new online course. I’m also collaborating on a new research project at Western Sydney University on public policy for endometriosis and work, and continuing to develop the Menstruation Research Network UK.

December 2021: I’m working on my next book which is on new ways of organizing menstruation, finalising two articles, and developing my new course in Contemporary Menstrual Studies.

October 2021: This month I was interviewed by Fortune magazine in the US on menstrual policies for workplaces, and by Healthy Woman, also in the US, on menopause at work.

September 2021: A four-page profile on my long-term work on menstruation was recently published in the German magazine, Stern, and a longer piece was featured over 6 pages in Geo Wissen. A 10 page article on menstrual cycle awareness including an interview with me was published in D2 in Norway.

August 2021: I just completed my Scottish Funding Council Research Fellowship at St Andrews on menstrual stigma and sustainability (articles to be published in 2022). Next up, writing a new book and designing a major new course, more details on these soon!

May 2021: With colleagues at Resource Futures, I wrote this article in Circular, the recycling/waste management professionals magazine, on confronting the role of menstrual stigma in product choice and period management.

December 2020: New podcast! Menstrual stigma, menstrual awareness, the body and psychological development. Great interviewing by psychotherapist Jodie Gale at The Soul Centre in Sydney. 

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