The myths of blood donation

Mention blood donation and most people will steer away from it. What are the common excuses you hear from people who try to avoid blood donation? It is an almost painful process and is in fact beneficial for you.

I don’t have enough blood. I’m too thin.
If you don’t have enough blood, chances are high that you can’t be walking normal now. Assuming that you don’t have enough blood because you’re thin is just plain stupid. Fat people do not have more blood nor are they more eligible for blood donation. Blood is usually regenerated within 48 hours. They will only take less than 7% of your total blood volume.

I might get some disease when I donate.
Donation centres and blood banks use sterile single use bags and needles and have trained staff to handle the process. There is no risk of catching any disease in the process of donating blood.

I become weak and anaemic after donating blood.
Donating blood is unlikely to make a person weak or anaemic. If the person is already anaemic, then the person will not be allowed to donate blood. They will do a series of tests before taking your blood. Those with low or high blood pressure will also be denied.

Benefits of donating blood

  • Reduces risk for heart disease
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack
  • Reduces Ferritin level
  • Blood Pressure remains normal
  • Help save lifes

What are you waiting for? Go donate your blood today!

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8 Comments so far

  1. lilian on August 11th, 2006

    I got white-coat hypertension and had been rejected three times because each time I sat down to offer to donate blood, my BP went up. Other time, normal. Never mind, I pledged my organs enough.

  2. toxicle on August 12th, 2006

    Probably you were too tense …

  3. The Hive Mind on August 13th, 2006

    I don’t donate because:

    1) I HATE needles.
    2) Looking at my blood fill up tubes makes me feel lightheaded.
    3) As they’re taking my blood, I feel lightheaded.

    I would do it if my family members needed it though. Otherwise, I’d rather stay away from needles.

  4. toxicle on August 13th, 2006

    Don’t look at your blood then :)

    Feeling lightheaded is probably in your head.

  5. The Hive Mind on August 14th, 2006

    Hahahahaha! I figured you’d say, “Don’t look at your blood…” Even still, I can’t get over how much I hate needles. I never have liked them and never will.

  6. E on October 25th, 2006

    I live in KL.
    And wish to know more about blood donation.
    How can I get started?

  7. toxicle on October 26th, 2006

    Go to your nearest hospital. They will be able to provide you with all the help and information.

  8. mary on March 29th, 2007

    If you would give blood for a family member or friend, you should suck it up and donate. Chances are if you, your friend or your family needs a blood transfusion, the blood will be needed right away and there will not be time for you to donate. Testing to make sure your blood is safe take at the minimium three days by that point if your family member needed blood it will be too late.

    1 in three people will need a transfusion in thier life. 3 out of 5 people are eligible to donate, 1 out of 20 does.

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