Donating blood is a selfless act and a noble cause indeed. Yet very few of us take time out to donate blood or simply; save lives. From ‘threat of catching diseases’ to ‘blood donation causing weakness’, various ridiculous myths keep people from donating.
Below is a list of myths and facts that will help clear the air and raise awareness about blood donation.
Myth #1 – Donating blood will make you feel weak/low.
Fact: False. Many people might say that blood donation makes them feel weak, but it’s been proven medically that blood donation cannot cause weakness in a normal healthy person. Besides that, it only takes a day to replenish body’s fluid volume.
Myth #2 – Frequent donations can affect your health.
Fact: False. A healthy person can donate blood multiple times with a minimum 3 month gap between two donations. It takes about 3 months for the regeneration of red cells in our body.
Myth #3 – People with high cholesterol cannot donate blood.
Fact: Just because you have high cholesterol, it doesn’t mean you cannot donate blood. You can donate blood even if you have used medication to control cholesterol. In fact, you will get a free cholesterol screening when you donate blood!
Myth #4 – Donating blood is a painful procedure.
Fact: False. Blood donation is not even remotely painful. You will only feel a slight pinching sensation as the needle pricks your arm, something you’re already used to.
Myth #5 – Donating blood consumes a lot of time.
Fact: You’ll be surprised to know that the whole blood donation procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
Myth #6 – Smokers cannot donate blood.
Fact: You can donate blood even if you smoke, provided that you do not smoke 1-2 hour before the procedure. However, this should not encourage you to smoke in any way. You might save lives but your own life will deteriorate.