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A 40-year-old member asked:

Could donating blood affect my period?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Doubtful: You can't donate if you have significant anemia & the amount of blood donated (waiting appropriate durations before donating again) should not be sufficient to prevent menses. Take care.

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Could i donate blood even while i'm on my period?

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Dr. Donald Alves
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...'could'...: However, more likely to get lightheaded / have response to procedure, and might be more likely to test as low hemoglobin due to current blood loss. Better / less physiological stress for you to wait until a few days after period completed (assuming you are eating well).
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Can I donate blood while on my period?

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Blood: Yes as long as you are not anemic otherwise.

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