This week we’re continuing our review of common myths about blood donation and addressing a few more interesting questions we’ve come across.
Myth: Donation takes a long time; I need to set aside half my day to donate blood
Fact: The actual donation portion of a whole blood donation only takes 5 to 10 minutes. Overall, a whole blood donation takes under an hour from start to finish. While platelet, plasma and double red blood cell donations take longer than a whole blood donation, the whole process only takes about 2 hours. Keep the process swift by setting an appointment ahead of time to ensure there is a minimal wait.
Myth: I can’t donate if I’ve just been to the dentist
Fact: It is perfectly acceptable to donate blood after seeing the dentist as long as you only underwent a standard procedure such as a cleaning. If an infection was present, wait until you complete your antibiotics before you donate again. Call your local Carter BloodCare donation center to learn the most up-to-date eligibility requirements regarding oral surgeries.
Myth: Blood donation will cause me to gain weight
Fact: Blood donation does not cause weight gain. In fact, the process your body undergoes to replace the blood or plasma that you donate actually burns additional calories. While this calorie burn is not significant or frequent enough to actually cause weight loss, it certainly does not cause any weight gain, either.
Myth: I am not eligible to donate blood if I am taking birth control or fertility treatments.
Fact: You are eligible to donate if you are taking birth control or fertility pills. However, if you are pregnant or recently gave birth, you must wait until 6 weeks after the “Birthday” to donate blood. If you still want to do your part in your community during that time, consider becoming a volunteer at one of our mobile drives or donor centers.
For any other blood donation myth inquires, please call Carter BloodCare at 1-888-480-8200 or Metro 817-412-5603.