How often can I donate plasma?
To ensure your continued health and safety during plasma donation, there are limits to how frequently you are able to donate.
You may donate twice in a seven-day period and need at least one day in between donations. Your body quickly replaces the lost plasma, which is why you’re able to donate fairly frequently! As a reminder, during plasma donations, we only take your plasma. Your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are all returned back to your body. In whole blood donations, ALL of these blood components are taken and donated - plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets. That is why with whole blood donations, you must wait longer between donations.
Now, to expand on the question of donation frequency: what if you’ve recently given blood, can you still donate plasma?
If you’ve recently donated blood, you must wait 8 weeks until you can donate blood or plasma again. This is why many individuals thinking of donating both will donate plasma FIRST (Thank you! Both your blood and plasma donations save lives). By donating plasma first, you only have to wait a few days before you are able to donate blood.
We are so thankful for our donors who ask insightful questions and contribute their life-saving plasma. Anytime you have questions, pop into your nearest BPL Plasma center or give us a call. We’d happily walk you through the donation process, safety precautions, and more.