Donating Plasma - Negative Effects?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by whoatherechunk, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    Are there any cons in donating plasma. I've been thinking of doing it. Serious replies please but funny ones are cool too. :p
  2. Scarlet Fire

    Scarlet Fire

    Mar 31, 2007
    New England
    It's basically the same as donating blood. The separation of plasma from whole blood happens after they take the blood from you.
  3. Howdy,

    Out here in CA we have 2 types of plasma donation. I don't know their technical names, but one takes about 30 mins, the other about 90 mins. I did the 30 minute for a while. The basic idea is this: They take whole blood out of you, filter it, and put it back in. That's all I know about it.

    Now I am back to whole blood, as they have a greater need for it.

    I am at about the 4 1/2 gallon mark. Tomorrow I go give them another pint.

  4. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    no real downsides beyond normal whole blood donation when i've done it

    it is a strange feeling when your blood comes back in after being separated because it's temperature is colder than your body--i think it feels kind of cool
  5. ark amps

    ark amps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Windsor Ontario
    designer/builder for Ark Amps
    I am no longer comfortable with the idea of letting them put anything back in me in case they get the wrong bag!!! I am more into donating whole blood these days, big need anyway...
  6. A few former roommates have done this in the past to make rent. Make sure you can handle them taking out what they need. One of the former roommates passed out after one of his sessions, can't remember the reason, but I think it was related to the frequency of his donations or improper diet.

    As with anything involving being jabbed in the arms with needles, there can be instances of vein hardening. Also, make certain that the donation center you go to doesn't have any former issues regarding health violations (re-using needles, nonsterile environment/equipment, etc...).
  7. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    AFAIK the blood is cycled through a machine like dialysis and immediately put back in. I've never heard of them taking it out and putting it back in later, before now.
    Not a bad way to make some money though. If you need a lot of dough, go to the sperm bank too ;)
  8. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    I've done it before, but not very often and only in a pinch.

    I've heard that it can temporarily weaken your immune system. I would consult a real doctor if you have concerns though.
  9. Wouldn't donating plasma affect the quality of the picture?
  10. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    I did it in college for a while. It left a scar that those who don't know mistake for a track mark occasionally :meh:

    The length of my hair probably doesn't help, either. On the plus side, when I went back years later after a layoff, the phlebotomist had a target and knew right where to stick the needle.
  11. Absentia


    Feb 25, 2009
    How much is plasma going for these days?
  12. Chriss62


    Jul 24, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    If you don't need the money, don't do it.
  13. Absentia


    Feb 25, 2009
    40 bucks?
    screw that I'll just get my wife to part with her uneeded eggs.
  14. I just came back from donating blood. 4 gals, 1 pint total.

    There is just one little problem with donating blood. I want to use it as an excuse to go buy another bass!

  15. Scarlet Fire

    Scarlet Fire

    Mar 31, 2007
    New England
    Never mind the fact that there's a need for plasma donors. It's not like there are lives depending on it or anything. :rolleyes:
  16. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    With the unenjoyment rate as high as it is,...I'm surprised they are still excepting "donations".
  17. rcarraher


    Dec 21, 2008
    Just eat a normal meal before hand. I donated plasma a number of years ago, made the appointment for the next mornng, then over slept and didn't eat before going to the center. Everything went well, bt when you are done they have you take a seat in the waiting room for a bit. I'm sitting there when all of a sudden, I get a little dizzy. Went up to tell the nurse and passed out at the desk. No problem, they got me on a gurney, fed me some kool aide or orange juice or whatever and I was fine, except my ego was a bit bruised. Bottom line, eat first!
  18. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    not sure if this is funny, but certainly not technical information:

    in high school, i knew a handful of people who would donate blood and then go out and to use part of the cash to buy alcohol, so as to get drunk more easily. i just thought the duality of their motivations versus the incidental benefits to be quite funny.
  19. Otso


    Mar 6, 2006
    Just be careful, it tends to be a bit hot, might want to get yourself some strong electromagnets, they might make it a bit easier to handle.
  20. Damn, I wish I could legally accept money for blood in Canada.