Her Blood Is Gold:

Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation

We menstruate more now than at any time in human history. Girls are starting to menstruate earlier; women are less likely to die young; we have fewer children and therefore spend less time not menstruating. Increased work and family stresses, in addition to more periods, mean that women can be more physically and psychologically vulnerable to negative attitudes to menstruation. So it is more important than ever to ensure that having a period is physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.

Her Blood is gold


“I felt like I was walking around on air for days after reading Her Blood Is Gold. It was like a veil had been lifted. Your sharp analysis of the cultural construction of our attitudes towards menstruation really opened my eyes to alternative possibilities and more attuned ways of relating to my body.”

Laura Robson, The Body Literacy Collective, London.

“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.

“Menstruation has long been considered women’s dirty little secret, discussed only when missed…….Lara Owen explores the mysteries and spiritual significance of menstruation.”


“This is an extraordinary book that is difficult to put down.” 

Network for Optimal Aging and Wellness


book news

If you are a translator or publisher interested in foreign language editions of Her Blood Is Gold, please contact me directly as I own the non-English rights.

January 2024: I am very happy to announce that the Spanish edition of HBIG has just been published as Su Sangre es Oro. It will be on Amazon soon and available pretty much worldwide.

December 2023: There are still some issues with Amazon and the book can be difficult to find there. Here are the correct links to the current edition in English on and

September 2022: Her Blood Is Gold was reissued this month with a new cover and slight alterations inside to the preface and end matter. The main text remains the same as the 2008 edition.

December 2021: I just signed the contract for my next book on menstruation, which will be about contemporary innovations in menstrual organization. Due out from Oxford University Press in 2024.

January 2021: The French edition of Her Blood Is Gold will be published by Oxus Press on February 11 as Femme, ton sang est de l’or. Available for order already on Amazon, Fnac etc.

May 2020: An excerpt from Her Blood Is Gold is now available in Turkish at Aysa Erdogyu’s blog and the group have also published a hard copy. We hope this will lead to a full Turkish edition.

July 2019: Seu Sangue é Ouro, the Portugese translation of Her Blood Is Gold, is now back in print and on sale in a beautiful new edition of the updated 2008 English language version. Many thanks to Brazilian translator and publisher Josiane Tibursky at Lotus 22 who has done the most fantastic job. The book has quite a special following in Brazil due to the popularity of the 1994 translation, now long out of print, and the new edition is already selling amazingly well.