Last Updated date : 2020-05-22
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BELIEFS AND FACTS ABOUT BLOOD DONATION

Myth: Donating is painful and involves a long recovery.

Fact:It is not painful. The pain experienced is only of the needle prick. There is no pain during transfusion.

Myth:Donating is dangerous and weakens the donor.

Fact:Only 350 ml out of 5 ltrs of blood available in the body is taken. Hence it is not dangerous at all. The donor may feel a bit weak immediately after the donation, but recovers completely within a few hours. As donated blood is replenished with fresh blood, it is advantageous to donate blood.

Myth:Being a vegetarian, means that the blood does not have enough iron and cannot be donated.

Fact:A vegetarians can donate blood like any non-vegetarian. The iron needed is taken from body stores and is replaced through normal vegetarian diet which takes a few weeks, so also for non-vegetarians.

Myth:You cannot take part in sports or other physical activities after donating blood.

Fact:Giving blood does not interfere with ability to perform physically. It is advised to avoid heavy weightlifting or strenuous workouts for the rest of the day after the donation. You can get back on track the next day.

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