Post # 1
Anyone ever been turned away from blood donation because of a low hemoglobin level? I was this morning – it was 11.5 and needs to be 12.5 to donate. I realize this is a fairly common problem in women, but it’s never happened to me before so I’m a little bit freaking out over here. I’m on the pill and I’m not supposed to start my period til Monday, if that makes a difference.
Post # 3
I haven’t been turned away for that reason, but I don’t go to donate blood because I tend toward anemia, probably mostly because I’m vegetarian. Depending in what you eat, either eat some red meat now and then or take an iron supplement, it’s probably not a big deal as far as I know. Take a look at your lips and gums, do they look a little pale? That’s a good at-home way to keep an eye on iron levels.
Post # 4
Yes and I found taking a multi-vitamin everyday helped. It’s not a reason to freak out, levels will vary a bit normally just based on diet. They don’t want to risk making you anemic by taking your blood when levels are low. Your period has nothing to do with why you were turned away. They are looking at circulating levels of red blood cells, which is separate from the reproductive tract.
Post # 5
I always have low hemoglobin. There’s actually a lot of foods you can eat to help: red meat, spinach, dried apricots (I don’t know why dried are better than fresh, maybe because you can eat more of them?).
Post # 7
lol you’re fine girl! it’s happend to me too, and the next month when I went to try again, I was good to go!
Post # 6
You levels aren’t terribly low. I’ve seen levels as low as 8 or 9 before we started transfusions. With a level like 11.5, you should be circulating oxygen to your organs just fine. However, I would maybe talk to your doctor about the causes of your low Hb. t could be something benign, but it could also be the start of something not-so-benign, so more tests may be indicated. NOt trying to scare you, I just feel that it’s better safe than sorry.
Post # 8
You’re fine! Your levels are not that low so maybe you need to watch what you eat? The last time I tried to donate blood, I was turned away for the same reason (and my period ended the day before).
NOTE: having your period does affect your red blood cells levels by the way