Questions & Answers for Women Volunteer Blood Donors

Women Volunteer Blood Donors
Questions & Answers for Women Volunteer Blood Donors

The Greek National Blood Donation Center has recently announced that during the pandemic, young women were the ones who pioneered blood donation! Similarly, our statistics in "HematoCrete" show that women of all ages actively support voluntary blood donation and also have the first place as bone marrow donors!

If you are or want to become a volunteer blood donor see the 15 most frequently asked questions below

1. Is it safe to donate blood as a young woman?

It is absolutely safe, if you do not face any other particular health issue, you have a hemoglobin above 13.5 or a hematocrit above 38 (which counts the blood donation doctor each time before donating blood) and weigh over 50 kg.

2. How often can women donate blood?

Women can donate blood every 4 months.

3. Can I donate blood when I take iron?

Blood donation is postponed if the blood donor is undergoing iron replacement therapy. It can return to blood donation if the hematocrit is allowed and it has been about 2 months since the end of treatment.

4. Can I return to blood donation if I have previously been ruled out due to anemia?

Of course, if hemoglobin / hematocrit levels return to acceptable levels and relevant investigation and treatment is completed (in case it was needed).

5. Can I donate blood if I have my period?

Although instructions allow it, if you have normal hematocrit, most women choose to donate blood a few days later just to feel completely well. Blood donation is also postponed if the period is prolonged and the cause is under investigation.

6. Can I donate blood if I am pregnant?

No! You can donate blood 6 months after giving birth.

7. Can I donate blood if I am late?

Blood donation should be postponed if a woman is late and may be pregnant.

8.Can I donate blood if I am breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is not a contraindication for blood donation as long as 6 months have passed since the birth.

9.Can I donate blood if I have had an abortion?

It must have been 6 months since the termination of the pregnancy. The donor can be accepted earlier if it was done before the 12th week of pregnancy, was not accompanied by significant blood loss and if the follow-up was completed and 7 days have passed since the last dose of methotrexate (if given), with the consent of the treating physician.

10.Can I donate blood in pre-menopause or menopause?

Yes, you can donate blood if there is no other health reason until you are 65 years old.
The blood donor is accepted even if she is on substitution treatment or any other treatment to control the symptoms. It is excluded if menopause occurred after treatment for malignancy.

11.Can I donate blood if I have a thyroid problem?

In general yes (unless there was a malignancy problem) as long as you are receiving your regular treatment and your hormone levels are stable. In the past, those with Hashimoto's thyroiditis were excluded, but the directive has changed and they can now donate blood. You can see more here

12. How long do I have to wait after a tattoo or semi-permanent makeup?

Blood donation is postponed for 4 months from the day it was done. Applies to those who have pierced body parts for body piercing, permanent and semi-permanent makeup and tattoo / laser for tatoo removal.

13. Can I donate blood if I take contraceptives?

Yes, if they are taken to prevent pregnancy.

14. Can I donate blood when I have systemic autoimmune disease?

Unfortunately if you suffer from systemic autoimmunity (eg Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis) you can not donate blood.

15.Can I donate blood if I have endometriosis?

It is allowed if it is not under treatment which is a contraindication for blood donation. Ask your blood donor or gynecologist. Donation of slow hematopoietic cells: Women are the leaders!

16. Can I become a bone marrow (hematopoietic stem cell) donor?

Yes, you can register if you are 18-45 years old. The conditions are the same as blood donation with the difference that mild anemia is not a deterrent (unlike blood donation), See more here

17. When and how can I become a umbilical cord blood donor?

You can donate umbilical cord blood only in case of pregnancy. The blood is taken immediately the birth without affecting the mother or the baby at all. Contact the relevant umbilical cord blood bank or a partner blood donation association for more information. See more here

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