Every day, people donate plasma for various reasons but the pros and cons of being a donor stay the same. The pros of being a donor include knowing your plasma will help others, cash compensation, and a raised awareness about your own health. The cons of being a donor include having to wait in long lines, not being eligible to donate due to illness or abnormal vitals, the stigma attached to being a donor, and the real chance that something can go wrong in the process.
The stigma attached to being a donor can be a negative one, especially from people who have never donated, who would not dream of donating, or who are unfamiliar with the issue. Questions of sanitation and donor character are prevalent. First of all, donating plasma does not happen in the back of an alley, it is conducted in a facility with health and sanitation standards. Secondly, yes, there can be some questionable characters who donate, who may be rough around the edges, but all donors have to be healthy and pass a screening. Donors come from all walks of life.
If you have questions about becoming a plasma donor and are wondering if it is worth the hassle, here are some tips to educate yourself about the topic. 1) Conduct an online search, 2) Contact your local plasma center, 3) Schedule a tour, and 4) if you feel you comfortable, ask family and friends if they have knowledge about donating plasma.
This article is not advocating that everyone should run out and become a plasma donor. Some people will never be able to donate plasma due to illness or certain criteria that eliminates them from being donors, and that is understandable.
Only you can answer the question, is it worth the hassle to donate plasma or is donating plasma right for me?
- Donors have to have picture ID, a social security card, and a piece of mail, all with the same mailing address (ID and mail)
- Donors must be 18 years old and weigh 110 lbs.
- Be able to read and understand instructions/information
- Watch a video
- Pass a physical exam
- Answer a complete health history
Local Plasma Centers
2126 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
M-F 7-7, Sat-Sun 7-5
9621 East Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
M-F 7-7, Sat-Sun 7-5