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World Blood Donor Day: 10 Things Women Should Know Before Donating Blood

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Donating blood is one of the things that we all should try at least once in our life. Blood donation can save someone’s life. We all have certain questions before donating blood. 

Do you know that World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 every year? So if you are thinking of donating blood here are 10 things every woman needs to know about donating blood:

Can I donate blood during Periods? 

Yes, regular menstruation does not affect one’s ability to donate. You can safely donate blood during your period if it is required and your period will not be affected by the donation. However, If you are bleeding heavily, then another form of blood loss like blood donation can potentially make you feel unwell by reducing your haemoglobin and iron levels in the body.

Can I donate blood during Pregnancy?

No, It is not advisable to donate blood while you are pregnant. It could affect the unborn child. During pregnancy, you are already sharing your blood with your developing baby. Further, pregnant women are at an increased risk of Iron-deficiency anaemia which could put the baby at risk.

Can you donate blood when you are breastfeeding?

There are conflicting opinions about donating blood while breastfeeding. Yet, on average breastfeeding mothers cannot donate blood till six months after childbirth. The rules might differ from country to country. If you still go for donating, speak to a medical professional as it is important to ensure that both you and your baby are getting the right nutrients.

Can you drink alcohol before/after giving blood?

No, physicians advise you not to drink alcohol on the day you are going to donate. It is essential to avoid alcohol before and after donating as this may affect hydration levels and delay recovery because almost half of the blood that you donate is made up of water. 

Can you exercise before/after giving blood?

No, It is advised to avoid any kind of workout on the day of donation. As it is important to keep your body in a rested state in order to replenish the fluids lost during donation. However, walking and light exercise is fine if you feel sufficiently hydrated. 

Can you have any physical side effects?

Most people feel absolutely fine after giving blood. Yet, if you feel light-headed or dizzy, hot, sweating, trembling, shaky, or nauseous, you should drink plenty of fluid and should lie down immediately. It could happen due to dehydration and low blood pressure. 

Can you donate blood twice a year?

Yes, according to the National Blood Transfusion Council, a healthy woman can donate blood every four months.

Can you donate blood if you are anaemic?

No. Anaemia can prevent someone from donating blood. The deficiency of iron could make it hard for blood to carry oxygen. It’s essential to make sure your iron levels are normal.

Can you donate blood if you have Diabetes?

Yes, it’s generally safe for people with type 1 and types 2 diabetes to donate blood. However, If you have diabetes, you will need to share your condition before donating.

Can you donate blood if you had COVID-19 in the past?

As long as you don’t have any COVID symptoms now, you can donate blood. It is advisable to share your history before donating. If you are not yet vaccinated, get your jab. But if you have any recent symptoms, resist donating blood.

This article carries information as per National Blood Transfusion Council guidelines. Readers are advised to consult their doctors before taking any step.