Federal regulations state that an individual may donate twice in a week ( 7 day period) as long as there has been 2 full days between donations.
Other requirements to avoid risks of donating plasma consist of:
- A physical examination (including a urine analysis and visual inspection to prevent drug users from donating),
- Questionnaires about the donor's health history and lifestyle (including questions about HIV and other health issues),
- And a discussion about any tattoos or body piercing within the last twelve months.
Following a plasma donation, your body can replace that plasma within 48 hours as long as you are in good health and following a healthy diet and taking in adequate water to replace fluids. The amount of plasma you can donate at each visit is based on your weight and federal guidelines.
How Often Does the FDA Recommend Donating?
The FDA recommends taking time off from regular donations every few months to avoid further risks of giving plasma. Many donation centers will also not allow regular donors from giving blood more than twelve times per year to avoid risks of donating plasma.
Is Plasma Donation Safe?
Plasma donation is safe and there are strict screening procedures in place as regulated by the federal government. Regulations require that all plasma donors submit to a pre-donation physical, including medical history questions, tests for transmissible viruses such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV, total plasma protein levels and hematocrit/hemoglobin levels.
In some cases, the risks of giving plasma are elevated due to improper insertion of the needle. However, these cases are very rare, and there are strict FDA guidelines for training and hiring donation technicians.