Yes, you can give blood while you’re on your period. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
It’s a complete myth that women cannot give blood in the UK while on their period. Dr. Jaime Levine, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Transfusion Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System says “As long as you meet all of the other criteria, like weight and haemoglobin levels, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to donate blood while on your period.”
While you absolutely can give blood while on your period, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Giving Blood With Heavy Periods
If you have a heavy period, you may want to wait until it’s over to donate. Dr. Levine says that “if someone has a very heavy period and they’re donating blood, we would be concerned about them losing too much blood.” This can cause a lower iron count and cause issues like fatigue.
Giving Blood If You’ve Missed a Period
If you’re on your period and you’ve missed a period, Dr. Levine advises against donating blood. This is because it’s possible that you may be pregnant, and blood donation centres test for pregnancy before accepting any donations.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
There are a few other things to keep in mind when giving blood, like whether you’ve recently been sick or been in contact with someone who’s ill. If you have, it’s best to wait until you’re feeling better before donating. You can find a full list of donation criteria on the British Red Cross website.
So, if you’re feeling healthy and your period is light, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to donate blood while you’re on it. Just make sure you meet all the other donation criteria, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids before and after your donation.
Some people choose not to donate blood because they’re on their period, but that’s not necessary. There is no medical reason why you can’t donate blood while you’re on your period. So go ahead and donate – you’re doing a good deed for people in need!